Clanking Noise on a 05 WR450


21 replies to this topic
  • bandit99

Posted April 11, 2005 - 09:18 AM

#1

I have a 2005 WR450 and it is making this noise that I can't figure out where it is coming from. When I am at low rpm and give it gas there is a clanking noise. It doesn't make that noise at higher RPM. I don't think it is the steering head because I would notice the shaking. I tightened the chain thinking it may be chain slap but that wasn't it. The bike runs great and has less than 300 miles on it so I don't think it is from the motor. Anyone else have this problem?

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted April 11, 2005 - 09:30 AM

#2

It sure sounds like chain slap to me. That's the only sound other than the engine that I hear, make sure the chain is properly adjusted..

  • trailriderjoe

Posted April 11, 2005 - 10:21 AM

#3

That's two for chain slap!

  • beakr

Posted April 11, 2005 - 10:24 AM

#4

Sounds like chain slap to me too. Do a search on this forum for "chain slap". There is a mod you can do by putting silicone or a piece of inner tube between your chain glide and swing-arm. The slap can be more than just annoying--it can actually cause damage to your aluminum swing-arm over time. Like I said--search for past threads, there has been quite a lot of discussion about this topic, and there are good suggestions on how to fix it. I did the silicon under the chain glide on my '04, and the slap is history.

  • bandit99

Posted April 11, 2005 - 11:59 AM

#5

Thanks for the advice. I will look into it.

  • bottomfeeder2

Posted April 11, 2005 - 12:21 PM

#6

So if everyone knows about chain slap, why doesn't Yamaha include a part to correct/avoid it?

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted April 11, 2005 - 12:41 PM

#7

So if everyone knows about chain slap, why doesn't Yamaha include a part to correct/avoid it?


My bike came with the Chain slap tool new for 05...

  • Boonie

Posted April 11, 2005 - 02:16 PM

#8

So it sounds to me like the silicone or innertube is like a spacer to have the plastic chain guard stand out more from the swingarm to intercept the chain sooner thus eliminating slap?

Don't know how well I worded that but if it's correct, I'd sure like to see some photos of the modification. I want to remedy this problem too.

Thanks.

  • Domenic_WRF

Posted April 11, 2005 - 03:55 PM

#9

Chain slap..too loose..mine sounds like the tranny is coming apart when the play gets to about 2.5"..put a sidewinder chain and sprockets on it..adjustment holds for more than two rides now.. :naughty:

  • jasilva

Posted April 11, 2005 - 05:29 PM

#10

It's probably the chain slider. I checked mine and was loose even though the bolts were tight. What happens is the loose slider lets dirt get under the slider and then the constant banging of the chain on the slider lets the dirt act as an abrasive on the swingarm. I took mine apart on sat. and I had noticable wear on the swingarm with only 150 miles on the bike. Its pretty easy to fix. I just lifted the slider and put a fat bead of silicone under the slider then I set it back in place and inserted the bolts loosely. I wiped the excess silicone off the swingarm and let it dry for a couple of hours. I then tightened the bolts down. The slider is tight now so it shouldn't wear the swingarm.

Joe

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  • minion

Posted April 11, 2005 - 08:46 PM

#11

My bike came with the Chain slap tool new for 05...


My bike came with no such tool (an 05 WR450). What's it do?

  • jasilva

Posted April 11, 2005 - 09:09 PM

#12

My bike came with no such tool (an 05 WR450). What's it do?


Use it to slap yourself in the forehead for falling for that. :naughty: :naughty:

Joe

  • thumper_dad

Posted April 12, 2005 - 05:23 AM

#13

Mine makes the exact same noise, and as soon as I tighten up the chain it go's away.

ROFL on the chain slap tool :D :naughty: :naughty:

Rich

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted April 12, 2005 - 05:46 AM

#14

Use it to slap yourself in the forehead for falling for that. :D :naughty:

Joe


:naughty: :D :cry: :D :D

  • FlEYEingDubyah

Posted April 12, 2005 - 06:09 AM

#15

I have a 2005 WR450 and it is making this noise that I can't figure out where it is coming from. When I am at low rpm and give it gas there is a clanking noise. It doesn't make that noise at higher RPM.


Take off your air box cover and start your bike. Listen, with your ear near the airbox at low and high rpm. If that is the noise you have been hearing, only louder, that is normal. If it is the same noise, but has only appeared recently, check the joint between your carb and airbox to make sure the boot is on all the way around (esp. between boot and pipe). Good luck!

  • Boonie

Posted April 14, 2005 - 01:51 PM

#16

I like the idea of the silicone method. One question though......do you silicone both the upper and lower part of the swingarm or just the upper? I haven't looked closely yet but I believe the chain glide curls around to the underside of the swingarm too, doesn't it?

  • DesertWR

Posted April 14, 2005 - 02:04 PM

#17

Have u recently installed a skid plate? After I put mine on I thought my bike was disentegrating from the noise I was hearing. It was just the engine noise being funneled upward where I could hear it. W/O skid plate-pretty quiet :naughty:

  • beakr

Posted April 14, 2005 - 03:54 PM

#18

I like the idea of the silicone method. One question though......do you silicone both the upper and lower part of the swingarm or just the upper? I haven't looked closely yet but I believe the chain glide curls around to the underside of the swingarm too, doesn't it?


The consensus from when I was looking into this (on Thumpertalk) was to do the top only, the bottom doesn't need it. Do some searches, and you'll get pictures and everything of how some of the guys did theirs. I did mine on the top of the swing arm only, and no more chain slap.

  • jasilva

Posted April 14, 2005 - 04:51 PM

#19

I just did the top of mine since the chain really doesn't normally ride against the bottom.

Joe

  • Lowedog

Posted April 14, 2005 - 06:02 PM

#20

Motoman393"s website

Goto Tech articles and you will see a detailed article on this fix. The '05's do have an added piece of rubber under the slider though that prior yrs didn't have.

Lowedog




 
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