Finally, got most everything back together again. Still working on a set of forwards. Shifter side is ready for paint, but still need to finish up brake side.
Was pretty nice here this weekend, so couldn't resist firing it up to see if my fixes "took". . . . Good news and bad news. Runs fine, no leaks yet! Bad news--got a ticking or knocking sound coming from the bottom end by the stator. First thought was maybe clearances were off and flywheel was hitting stator? Then thought could be cam chain tensioner going bad. Really don't know which.
Was easy enough to pull the stator out now that I've got the tuxedo mod in place. There were a couple of scrapes on the flywheel/stator, but nothing serious. I think what I was seeing was already there when I buttoned it back up.
Pulled the front cam chain tensioner, but really didn't learn a whole lot. I don't know as you can tell a good one from a bad one by looking at it anyway? Put everything back together and ran it some more. Seems to not be quite as loud, but maybe I'm just getting used to it, LOL! Another wrinkle is that I put that 5W40 synthetic Rotella in the motor, so it's a lighter oil than OEM, so not sure if that could be an issue.
I'm thinking about doing a custom CCT of some kind. I'd really like to put a modern-style ratcheting CCT in there. I've got one here from another Kawasaki engine of some kind (Prairie 4x4, I think?), but the clearances are all wrong, so it won't work. Might try to build a new base for it or adapt it somehow--not sure yet.
Weather is still pretty crappy this week for any serious riding, so will probably just get the forwards finished up and painted before I turn my attention to this little distraction. . . .
You all have any advice on how to clear this up?