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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:25 pm 
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My XB9R developed a rattle/knock from the front end last time I rode it. It sounds like something loose and getting looser. it is only audible when the bike is in motion. I've looked and can't find anything obviously loose. Any ideas please?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:31 pm 
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I remember the horn bracket cracking seemed to be an issue on some bikes creating a rattle noise :idea:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:20 pm 
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So tear a lump of memory foam off Y mattress and stuff it gentle around the horn but not on the front resonator when you have a new bracket fitted. It stops it shaking itself to death but the memory foam allows it a little movement. Make sure you tear the foam off your side of the mattress or the misses will notice a dip. Act all shocked if caught :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:07 am 
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:yt:, a bit of old inner tube will do if you don't want to use your mattress.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:11 pm 
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Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately thats not the cause.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:57 pm 
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Come on then, don't keep us all in suspenders, whats chucked its hand in ?? :?: :?: :?:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:27 pm 
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Lok1 wrote:
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately thats not the cause.


big-end :?

I hope not :sad1:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:04 pm 
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Yeah man do tell, we're dying to know

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:14 pm 
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front engine mount going home ?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:10 pm 
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Still don't know. Suspect head bearing or something in the forks.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:32 pm 
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If your head bearings are so knackered that it's manifested in a rattle or knock, I'd have thought the bike would be virtually unrideable.
If you do a search, there's discussion about the forks on the early 1125 having a 'click'. Have you had the forks apart to look for witness marks etc ?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:34 pm 
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Hi, do you have a steering damper on the old girl ? Had a duff bush in mine but sorted it, and its quiet as. Mind you mine had a nasty wiggle to which was down to the same thing. Just a thought. :old:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:56 pm 
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My uly developed movement or knocking when front braking...You could tell it was headstock area not brake area..Jack front wheel up and test..Get genuine ball bearing type and not some so called upgraded tappered type.. Worked for me. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:38 pm 
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His front wheel bearings had collapsed......all sorted now 8-)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:15 pm 
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:shock: .. surely that never happens on an XB :couch:

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