This rattle is driving me Crazy!

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by 07DynaSB, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. 07DynaSB

    07DynaSB Member

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    Hey Guy's, Need a little advise here. My 07 Softail Deluxe has a rattle in the front end that's driving me crazy. Its not head bearings, they have been checked by Dealer. It sounds like a loose nut bouncing around in the headlight bucket when I hit a bump or ride on grass or gravel. Like a tin sound. I removed the headlamp, and windshield but its still there. Any advise as to where to check next. I hate to tear down the complete front end but I think it might be in the tubes! thanks
     

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  2. lordharold

    lordharold Active Member

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    check heat shields and floorboards possible hubcap or brakes also check fork cans
     
  3. stray dog

    stray dog Junior Member

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    Check two front gas tank screws.

    Never happened to me, but read somewhere somebody was chasing a rattle and that's what it turned out to be and easy enough to check.

    Also look over exhaust pipes and heat shields carefully. May not be something loose, maybe rubbing..??

    Good luck.
     
  4. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I see a wind screen in the pic. When you hear the noise, do you have the windscreen on? If so, try riding it with the wind screen off. Wind screens have a tendency to make noises appear to be coming from a different place. Ride it with-out and see if the noise changes positions.
     
  5. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    You say RATTLE... How often is it doing this?

    Is it One Noise or a RATTLE...

    Constant at times or Just a single Noise?

    Is it a different rhythm or is it constantly all the same...???

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  6. 07DynaSB

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    Even when I go slow across the grass in the yard the little vibration make it tingle and clink, clink. Someone can walk beside the bike and hear it as I ride down the drive way. Its a metal-metal sound. And at speeds on the highway with windshield on or off you can hear it when you hit a rough place or bump in the road. Just like a loose nut in the headlight bucket, but its not, I checked. I just don't think it can be in the front tubes, do any of you? thanks
     
  7. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Have you checked the spokes?
     
  8. 07DynaSB

    07DynaSB Member

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    I don't think its that kind of noise. It sounds like its up high, in the triple tree area.
     
  9. turnerbend

    turnerbend Active Member

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    If you kill the engine and let the bike roll, is it still there??
     
  10. stray dog

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    front cyl exhaust leak??