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post #1 of 11 Old 08-30-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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‘05 Wee with alarming rattle

My ‘05 WeeStrom has developed an alarming sound that I think is coming from the transmission when accelerating. In neutral or with the clutch pulled in, it doesn’t happen. I went to Google U, but I’m not finding anyone with the same issue.

If anyone could shed some light on this, I would GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. I’m currently at a campsite a few hours from home and I’m nervous to keep riding it for fear of causing additional damage.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-30-2019, 09:41 PM
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What does this alarming noise sound like? Whirring? Grinding? Scraping? Wheezing? Clunking? Clacking? Knocking?

Makes a huge difference! Can you get a phone video and post? Not trying to minimize what you are feeling, simply trying to get a sense for what you are hearing.

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I had the gear box on my sidecar BMW blow up a couple times. I still had a couple functional gears so I limped home in a gear that didn't make a lot of noise.
It may be possible with the Wee too.
Had the same on my solo R65LS BMW. I rode 150 miles home in 4th on the freeway. No noise, no worries!
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It’s a rattle. Or a clack (is that a thing?). Imagine a couple bolts bouncing around in there. It happens on acceleration, so I don’t know that I could get a video of it. If it’s in neutral or I pull in the clutch, no noise. Starting to wonder if maybe it’s something to do with the throwout bearing.
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What does this alarming noise sound like? Whirring? Grinding? Scraping? Wheezing? Clunking? Clacking? Knocking?

Makes a huge difference! Can you get a phone video and post? Not trying to minimize what you are feeling, simply trying to get a sense for what you are hearing.
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Are you sure its inside the transmission and not possibly the chain and sprockets?

Possibly the counter sprocket loose?

Is the rattle in all gears or gear or speed dependent?

Happening only on acceleration or also on deceleration?

Do you have givi crashbars? They sometimes rattle a lot.
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Are you sure its inside the transmission and not possibly the chain and sprockets?

Possibly the counter sprocket loose?

Is the rattle in all gears or gear or speed dependent?

Happening only on acceleration or also on deceleration?

Do you have givi crashbars? They sometimes rattle a lot.

I like Blastrom's direction...can you pull the front cover and inspect push rod and counter sprocket? Is it possible that you have a frozen link in the chain? That could make the noise you are describing under load and be quieter when freewheeling. Just a couple of thoughts. Hope you are able to figure out the issue!
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Sounds chain/sprockets related to me
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Sounds chain/sprockets related to me
T'was my first thought, and SO easy to check. Chain maintenance isn't fun, but so many ignore it until it starts getting noisey. It's a very risky thing to ignore!!
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Okay, so a quick update. The good news - I added oil and it’s helped the situation. The bad news - I used a half quart in 200 miles yesterday. There is no smoke. There is no oily residue at the tailpipe. There is no visible oil leak and nothing on the ground.

Shit.
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If you travel at high speeds (7-8,000 rpm range) for long periods, I suggest that you read https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-d...ml#post5432955.
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