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Crf450x ticking noise

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Recently my crf450x has been making a ticking noise from the head, it is also getting hard to start, from cold it will take a fair while to get going, but once its warm it usually starts within a few kicks! I was thinking it cld have somthing to do with the rocker arm? Any ideas as to wat it could be, the ticking is driving me nuts!

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Hard to start cold,  but easy to start hot, is usually a sign of a leaking or out of adjustment intake valve.

 

Check your valve clearances

 

If you have some real hours on the motor, it's probably time for a head rebuild, and a change to SS intake valves

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Ill have to check the clearances when i get time in the next few days and see whats going on! I think im gonna have to change to stainless valves tho!

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Every few rides i gotta keep topping up the oil aswell, cld that have anything to do with the head aswell?

Probably more to do with worn piston rings.

Time to do a top end, get the stainless valves and a new piston.

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