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post #1 of 14 Old 08-01-2007, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Madstad rattling

like the title says, my Madstad is making an annoying rattling

everything is tight, mounted in the tallest position, as soon as I get moving, I start hearing a faint tap tap tap tap, took me a while to isolate where it was coming from, but if I put my hand on the screen, the noise goes away



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Mine got rattling to, and I tightened the guide screws a bit and it went away. It all looked tight, but one of them was just loose enough to rattle at speed.

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Mine got rattling to, and I tightened the guide screws a bit and it went away. It all looked tight, but one of them was just loose enough to rattle at speed.
Ditto. Check the bottom nuts and bolts. There's fine line between keeping it adjustable and preventing them from rattling.

Now if I could only isolate the damn whistle I have!!!

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Ditto. Check the bottom nuts and bolts. There's fine line between keeping it adjustable and preventing them from rattling.

Now if I could only isolate the damn whistle I have!!!

you mean the tiny ones with the nylock nuts that the screen slides on, I'll check that out, thanks



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you mean the tiny ones with the nylock nuts that the screen slides on, I'll check that out, thanks

Yup... those are the ones. Mine just recently loosened up and started
rattling.

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I don't mean this to knock the madstad, but that inexpensive fix I posted has held up very well. Never loosens up, and changes the wind trajectory to my satisfaction(6'5"). If you guys ever get tired of the madstad, you might want to try THIS.

I did have to hunt through a few hardware stores, (2 different ACE hardware stores had the parts.) but I am pleased with the results. I've had the bike up to 90mph since the original post and it seems stable. Never had to re-tighten once.
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you mean the tiny ones with the nylock nuts that the screen slides on, I'll check that out, thanks

Yep those are the ones...

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One thing I did when I installed my Madstad was to replace the washers on the SMALL bottom bolts to nylon washers. It allows them to be tightened tighter...but still be able to slide...no metal to metal contact either.

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My Madstad is a year old and maybe the model has changed some. Mine came with the locking bolts on the bottom and wingnut on the top. In April when I got my Givi the wingnut setup was not strong enough to hold the larger shield in place at hiway speeds. Mark sent me the the new knobs with the rubber washer and that was the solution for holding the shield in place. However, I still needed to use a wrench to Make adjustments so as to loosen the bottom bolts. I switched out the bottom bolts with the original wingnuts and added rubber washers and now the shield is rock solid and can be adjusted in seconds even while wearing gloves.

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