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post #1 of 3 Old Feb 12th, 2010, 12:18 pm Thread Starter
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How much play in rear tire?

Bike on center stand, in gear (turned off) how much should I be able to rotate the rear tire before I hit "transmission resistance?" Mine seems to be able to rotate through about 30-45 degrees or so...

Just wondering as I have a nice "clunk" that's seemingly coming from the driveline - almost sounds as if the driveline is contacting the housing...?

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post #2 of 3 Old Feb 12th, 2010, 12:42 pm
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Re: How much play in rear tire?

That sounds about normal Gino. A better check would be in neutral and spin it. You should be able to feel any abnomalities in the shaft/rear drive area. The transmission internals will be spinning as well.

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Re: How much play in rear tire?

with bike on CS, in neutral, have someone spin the rear wheel, at a constant speed... that way you won't hear any 'backlash' sounds...

To listen, take a regular screwdriver that is about a foot long. Place the screwdriver tip on the drive housing and lean the "handle" against your head, just in front of your ear. Vibrations from inside will be transmitted to your skull... much better than through the air... It is a shade tree mechanic's stethascope(sp?)

Next, have the bike in "5th"... pull in the clutch and repeat above process... no noise, no problem. any clicking, etc that you hear (other than your rear disc brake clunking...) is probably worthy of inspection.
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