Number 2 cylinder ticking


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C111
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Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by C111 » Wed May 09, 2018 6:43 pm



Hello all. I've been getting great info on this forum for a while. I have a 76 gl1000.
I recently changed out the stock exhaust for some Harley pipes. As soon as I switched I could hear a ticking noise on the left side. I changed the plugs, got shocked by the wire ( so I guess that's good), and adjusted all of the valves. I still have that loud tick.
If I remove the plug wire from #2 the noise goes away until I reconnect it.
Any ideas on what might need fixing?
I forgot to mention that I have electronic ignition, not sure if it matters.

Any help is appreciated.



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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by DaveO430 » Wed May 09, 2018 7:03 pm

It could be spark jumping from the plug cap, that could explain why you got bit.

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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by C111 » Wed May 09, 2018 7:08 pm

The wire was loose. I cut it back and reattached it. No shocks since.

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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by Maz » Thu May 10, 2018 1:51 am

C111 wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Hello all. I've been getting great info on this forum for a while. I have a 76 gl1000.
I recently changed out the stock exhaust for some Harley pipes. As soon as I switched I could hear a ticking noise on the left side. I changed the plugs, got shocked by the wire ( so I guess that's good), and adjusted all of the valves. I still have that loud tick.
If I remove the plug wire from #2 the noise goes away until I reconnect it.
Any ideas on what might need fixing?
I forgot to mention that I have electronic ignition, not sure if it matters.

Any help is appreciated.
Seeing as you've just changed the exhausts, I think you have a very slight exhaust leak on #2 manifold. This can sound very much like a 'ticking' sound.......This very fault had me checking and re-checking the valve clearances on my FJ1200!
Maz
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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by C111 » Thu May 10, 2018 6:38 am

I forgot to mention I also changed the gaskets on the exhaust manifold. Shouldn't that have stopped any leaks?

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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by SnoBrdr » Thu May 10, 2018 6:41 am

C111 wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 6:38 am
I forgot to mention I also changed the gaskets on the exhaust manifold. Shouldn't that have stopped any leaks?
You did remove the old gaskets.

Common mistake.

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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by C111 » Thu May 10, 2018 6:45 am

I did remove the old ones. I really hope this is just an exhaust issue, but I can't find a leak. I guess I'll break out the soapy water and see what I can find.

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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by Fred Camper » Thu May 10, 2018 9:53 am

Good idea, since the Muffs are new, there are several joints that may have a pin hole.

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Re: Number 2 cylinder ticking

Post by C111 » Thu May 10, 2018 10:00 am

Would a small leak cause me to hear that clicking only at the rear of the exhaust?



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