Red Line Oil - Baisley Spring - Chirping Noise
I think I have the dreaded chirping noise that seems to come from the heads/rocker area of the front cylinder while driving at a constant cruising speed. The noise doesn't seem to be present during accel or decel.
There is a thread somewhere here that suggests Red Line oil might help so I ordered up some for the tran., primary, and engine.
I've changed the oil before but never the tran. or primary... got it all done in about 3 hours and ended up feeling pretty smug. Next time will be faster now that I know where everything is and how to get the bike/lift/drip pan oriented.
First question: I replaced the primary gasket (looked like new tho) and all the plug O rings (they all looked questionable). There appeared to be some white goop on the threads which I cleaned off. One guy told me to use teflon tape on the plugs. I just used new O rings and torgued them according to the book. Should I use telfon tape or lock tite as well??
Second question: I notice some metal fragments in the drip pan while draining it. I don't know which hole these came from... is it normal?
I took it out for a spin last night and feel like the noise is definitely better, not gone, but noticeably quiter and the clunk shifting is smoother and more quiet as well. The engine seems tighter/thicker if that makes any sense.
Next, will be the Baisley spring. Not sure if I am up to that myself. Some say that it is a snap, but I have no mechanical experience and fear getting it open and not being able to get it to the dealer, short of towing, if something goes wrong. When the spring comes and I can take a look at the instructions I will determine if I want to have a go. Otherwise will have the dealer put it in at the 10K service which is at hand.
Note: I used the 20w60HD engine oil, MTL for the primary, and Shockproof Heavy for the tran.
btw... I finally put up some pics of my scoot in the link below.