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Noisy Engine/Rattle or knocking, or paranoid - Video

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2011 WR450, stock exhaust , snorkel removed from airbox, AIS removed... 

Jetted as Follows

JD Red Needle - clip 5

168 Main

48 Pilot

45 Leak

Stock Starter Jet

Fuel screw 1.5 turns out.

 

I dont know if im just being paranoid, just recently jetted it, and i feel like i am hearing knocking or something off, though these are infamously noisy engines from what i gather?

 

Anyone have an opinion?

 

https://youtu.be/UmFpOdqdVjc

 

Thanks.

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It's so hard for me to tell by a YouTube video. It sounds a little ticky but that isn't abnormal for these. Have you checked the valves lately and do you know how many hours are on the piston and crank?

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The Yamaha 450 has a long and well deserved reputation as one of the noisiest engines in the business.  Most of them sound like a pipefitters convention.  They also have arguably the best and most well deserved reputation for reliability in spite of all that racket.

 

Compare yours to a couple of others.

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I didn’t watch the vid but my 09 is clanky sounding. When I put a metal skid plate on it I kept getting off, looking for holes in the case, and checking the oil.

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Good to hear, i had read they were famous for being noisy, unfortunately, i doubt there is a wr450 anywhere near where i live, so listening to another might be a problem.

 

I think part of it is just me being paranoid after jetting it.  

 

Its going to be 28-34F here for the next few days, heading to the dmv to plate it, put some miles on her and see if she feels ok.

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Maybe im underestimating how much of an impact jetting has...like i said before...

 

Jetted as Follows

JD Red Needle - clip 5

168 Main

48 Pilot

45 Leak

Stock Starter Jet

Fuel screw 1.5 turns out.

 

It was roughly 30 degrees F here when i took it out to see if she was going to blow up or not, and i basically have it jetted for 60-90 degree weather.

I only let her idle for 2 minutes maybe, then ran up the road.  Seemed fine at low speed low rpm, but if i gave it any amount of gas beyond that, it felt like i was hitting a rev limiter.. would pop back in then same feeling, throughout the power band.

 

My exhaust is stock, airbox is open, maybe the exhaust is causing the issue?

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Yeah, I'm always paranoid about my valve train too, it sounds just like that, but mine was just completely redone, so it's normal (atleast I hope so, or else I'm in trouble) :jawdrop: .

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Yeah, I'm always paranoid about my valve train too, it sounds just like that, but mine was just completely redone, so it's normal (atleast I hope so, or else I'm in trouble) :jawdrop: .

 

Haha, yeah, freaks me out.

 

I did let it run for about 5 minutes tonight before i took it out just down the road for a few minutes.  When i got out of the neighborhood i tried to slowly roll up second gear, sputtered/rev limiter feel even on a slow roll a couple times.  Slowed down, tried again, smooth.  Got on her hard and it never sputtered again.  

 

So, i dont know, i bought this bike 4 weeks ago roughly, had it shipped here from a couple states over, rode it twice for ~5 minutes because its the wrong season to ride here.  Didnt have any stutter issues, but seemed a little weak.  Figured i might as well jet it while i have it tore down for the plating electronics and what not.  

 

Good god the power surprised me, this/these things have some balls.  Last bike i owned was an 05 R6 i bought new, maybe im forgetting the power of that, its been a few years, just really amazed at how hard this thing pulls.

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You wanna chuckle?  I bought two '14 WR450Fs in the last year.  Mine is noisy as all Hell, my Wife's (mine now also) is quiet as a church mouse.  Go figure.

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