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Chain noise over bumps

Hello , since I got the bike the chain makes clunking noise over even the smallest bumps. When I have an opened throttle sometimes it doesn't ( guess cause the chain is tighten when you open the throttle) but when for example git a pump when having closed throttle or when I pressing the clutch in it clunks. I tried everything even replace the chain and sprockets. The Kawasaki dealer where I went for a check drived it and said it's normal for Kawasaki z to make such a clucking noise over bumps. But it's too loud to be normal. I tried to adjust the chain at different positions:2mm-3mm and I'm in stock sprockets 16-42 but again the same. Does yours Z does the same ?is it really normal to be so loud ?
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Put in earplugs when you ride. If you can hear the chain, you're likely causing yourself hearing damage from wind noise at speed.


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Put in earplugs when you ride. If you can hear the chain, you're likely causing yourself hearing damage from wind noise at speed.


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Thanks for the tip,but is yours chain too noisy over bumps too?
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If anything it may slap the guard or if it’s excessive loose it may try to jump off the sprocket. If
Your tension is spec and sprockets are new you are probably not hearing your chain. I’d check the nuts and bolts on your shock, torque links, calipers etc.
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If anything it may slap the guard or if its excessive loose it may try to jump off the sprocket. If
Your tension is spec and sprockets are new you are probably not hearing your chain. Id check the nuts and bolts on your shock, torque links, calipers etc.
Hello there , IT is like slapping sound but i dont know if that slapping sound should be that loud cause i ve never had a bike before thats why im asking here,Nuts and bolts on shock are alright , I've checked them ,and the noise is coming from lower rear left side , caliper has a little play by hand but as far as I checked this is normal and also I've tried to go over a bump pressing the rear brake pedal to eliminate that play and again the noise was there so it is not the caliper. Today I'm gonna remove the top chain cover as I ve watched it moving every time the noise happens and I ll test it . What are the torque links ? :/ Also when you are going over bumps with closed throttle or if you press your clutch when you hit a bump , you will hear you chain clunk ?

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I've tried to remove the top chain cover but still. I made a photo off the chain slider cause maybe it is worn and it should be taller . Can someone with gen 3 send me a photo of the slider to compare with it . Thank you guys.( the distance between the chain and the slider is cause I raised the chain by hand to take the photo, just mentioning so it doesn't confuse you). For real I'm tired of this sh.., I've checked everything, cush drive, bearing, chain, sprockets, chain , caliper , new brake pads , remove the cover but I can't find where that f.. noise coming from. I will try to make video so you can hear it and identify the noise.
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Thanks for the tip,but is yours chain too noisy over bumps too?

I couldn't tell you. If I ever ride without earplugs, I'd swear the bike is falling apart all over.


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Thanks for the tip,but is yours chain too noisy over bumps too?

I couldn't tell you. If I ever ride without earplugs, I'd swear the bike is falling apart all over.
Hahaha that's one way to solve the problems. Can you please tell me if the thickness of my slider is the same with yours? Thank you.
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Hahaha that's one way to solve the problems. Can you please tell me if the thickness of my slider is the same with yours? Thank you.
Mine is about the same.


You're checking chain tension on the sidestand, right?


Chain slack should be aroiund 13-25 mm if I remember right. Check your owner's manual.


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Hahaha that's one way to solve the problems. Can you please tell me if the thickness of my slider is the same with yours? Thank you.
Mine is about the same.


You're checking chain tension on the sidestand, right?


Chain slack should be aroiund 13-25 mm if I remember right. Check your owner's manual.
Its 20-30mm .I'm going to make a chain slider with industrial plastic and a dremel. I ll try to keep photos of the project if anyone wants to do it too.
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