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NOMAD Tapping Noise - '02 1500

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Hi, All.

I just picked up a Nomad - 2002 - low miles, warranty, etc. My first Kawasaki, I picked it over the HD Road King. I've noticed that the engine is NOISY and I can't seem to pinpoint that confounded high-speed tapping sound that happens at certain rpm's. It's not incessant, nor does it seem to affect the performance, but I'd love to know how to get rid of it.

The dealer said it was normal for Kawasaki big-V's, and not to worry about it. He also said the `1500 is a noisy engine' as a big V-twin. He also added that the windscreen exaggerates the sound by providing a sound path to the rider, and it's really not very loud (huh?) to others.

Other forums say:
1. fuel pump spring can be replaced to get rid of the sound
2. It's from the valve configuration, no remedy.
3. Heavier oil (or lighter oil) is in order, depending on who writes.

Any KAW techs on this forum? I'd love some insight on this bike's engine and how I can maximize performance while minimizing sound ugliness.

btw, I like the bike otherwise - the look is unforgettable, the styling is great, and it (so far) is very nimble for its 750-plus weight. And, when I get the Cobras and the PC installed, I expect it'll just get better.

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just wanted to drop you a line about them cobras. just took a set off my nomad cause i was not impressed with the craftsmanship. no matter what i did, i could not get the heat shields to stop rattling. the mufflers rusted by the mounting points within two months. i went with a set of V&H dual baggers. they are the same price, but they are backordered. they seem to be like night and day. i put them on almost a month ago and have not touched the heat shield clamps since the install date. the sound is similar if you leave the baffles and heat wrap like they come. actually, i think the V&H pipes just have a better tone. there's my two cents, either way enjoy your bike, i think you made a wise decision. ride safe.
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