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Is yours a clacker?

  • No

    Votes: 9 75.0%
  • Yes 1600cc

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Yes 1700cc

    Votes: 3 25.0%

  • Total voters
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I have 2 distinct noises on my 13 storm. The first is the clack, which happens at cruising speed under a light load. This noise does not change with temp or oil changes even when I went to 20w50, this noise has remained the same. I think this noise is piston slap. The 2nd appears 1500 miles after changing the oil at a hot idle. I believe this is due to the timing chain tensioner, either being worn or lower oil pressure. This noise almost goes totally away after changing the oil.

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I have 2 distinct noises on my 13 storm. The first is the clack, which happens at cruising speed under a light load. This noise does not change with temp or oil changes even when I went to 20w50, this noise has remained the same. I think this noise is piston slap. The 2nd appears 1500 miles after changing the oil at a hot idle. I believe this is due to the timing chain tensioner, either being worn or lower oil pressure. This noise almost goes totally away after changing the oil.

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Just wondering, is everyone running premium gas in their bikes? Mine sounded like it was full of marbles with regular gas. Sounds fine with premium.
 

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Just wondering, is everyone running premium gas in their bikes? Mine sounded like it was full of marbles with regular gas. Sounds fine with premium.
I usually run 87 (R+M) which is recommended by Triumph. I have tried a few tanks of premium but it does nothing for the engine noises.

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My 2012 is new to me and I haven't ridden any other Thunderbirds. Mechanic said everything is fine. To me it sounds fine at cruise speeds, makes different sounds at higher RPMs and throttle input, I'm not too worried. Is there any youtube clip with audio with this?
 

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Despite "required" octane rating, I usually fill with mid grade 91 RON. When I store for the Winter I treat the girl to 93 RON with additives to compensate for the dreaded ethanol. Previous bike was an America 900 and was recommended to use 91 RON with that so just stuck to same grade. Plus, gas is cheap for a bike that does 50 mpg+.
 

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I did a poll on the same thing with many more votes and u will see the storms have as many people that said thiers knock and those who don't. 1600s also have some clackers but not near as many as 1700s. Mine does. (1600 BB kit to 1700) If i had it to do over i'd never have had the kit installed. The cams, sure, and thats where most of the power comes from. But i'd have left the 1600 pistons.
Here ya go... Engine Knock Poll
 
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