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To start, I'm not new to bikes or working on them but am new to goldwings. Ok, I've been through the carbs, replaced the fuel filter, drained all the old gas, put in almost 6 gallons of 93 oct and a bottle of carb cleaner additive. Currently the exhaust and air box/ filter are stock and in good shape but the engine lopes at 1000 rpm. Is that normal? I know it's a completely different bike but I had a 2000 Kawi ZX12r which loped but it had aftermarket exhaust and power commander on it and was told "that's just what it does". Also there's a ticking from the left side valve cover, or at least that's what it sounds like, increases with rpm's. I know there's hydraulically adjustable valves but is it possible one could be stuck? How do they work, can they stick? So far these are the only problems I'm having, if some one could help me or tell me I'm crazy then I'll be ok. Thanks in advance.:confused: Also I've ridden about 20 miles since I've done all the above work.
 

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yes the lifter can stick and there is a way to adjust it, its in the shop manual. did you change the fuel filter and drain the crankcase breather
 

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I did replace the fuel filter but did not do anything with the crankcase breather. I downloaded the shop manual from goldwingdocs so I'll check the breather and consult the manual on the valve adjuster tonight. Thanks for the help.
 

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Ok, I've checked the valve adjusters per the manual and everything looks to be within spec. I made sure the breather tank was empty, I tightened all the exhaust bolts to make sure I wasn't hearing a leak from the gasket at the pipe. I still hear a ticking but can't for the life of me figure out what it is. I even put a screwdriver to my ear and touched different parts of the engine and carbs and couldn't find the source, I hear it in the exhaust but I hear it near the engine more. Like I may have mentioned before the ticking follows engine rpm so it's in some way linked to something internal in some fashion. Rideability is great, I'm just concerned about the noise that I'm pretty sure it shouldn't be making. If anyone else has any more thoughts I'm definitely open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance.
 

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A exhaust leak at the header will give you a ticking sound! Just something else you might want to check.
 
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