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Old 05-14-2012, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ticking 97 honda foreman 400

hey guys. i rebuilt my 97 honda foreman everything went well.
i adjusted my valve to 6 thous as it calls for. but im getting a ticking on my push rod on the exhaust side. can this cause any damage?? it doesnt look worn at all. if its going to harm the motor please let me know! thanks
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It might not be the push rod, it could possibly be your timing chain. As it is for me, my timing chain clicked for a while, and then it got really loose and jumped time, you might want to watch it.
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When you rebuilt the engine,did you replace the timing chain,and test the timing chain tensioner??? Did you inspect the rocker arm tips,and valve stem ends???
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You can pull the rocker cover and measure the I.D. and the O.D. of both the rocker arm and the rocker arm shafts...a dial caliper will do the trick....if they are beyond service limits, replace them with new ones. i dont like the idea of using used rockers. but if thats all you can afford then go for it.

i have the same issue with my rubicon 500. i thoroughly inspected my valve train, including the chain tensioner, rocker shafts/arms. valve springs, rocker faces, etc....everything is in great shape....all i can think of is a possible valve seating issue....it doesnt affect the performance of the bike so i'll just leave it be.
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