I might have finally fixed the rattle.
I know there's a sticky for this but what I found might help some other hapless soul.
I'd had enough of the rattle today so after a short ride I pulled into the garage determined to get to the bottom if I had to take the whole bike apart. I got the fairings all off and windshield along with the gauge cluster and didn't really see anything. So I pulled the headlight and started in on the bracketry. THAT'S when I found what looks to be the root cause of my rattle. One of the bolt and nuts that hold the bracket to the frame was cross threaded and not tight at all. I had to use my breaker bar to get it off. The bracket showed wear and no paint at all. I pulled it off and gave it a shot of paint and started putting things back and checking everything as I went. I had a nut & bolt to replace the bad one and I did add some 1/4" thick weather striping tape to the back side of the cluster to stiffen it up. After everything was back together I pushed the bike out and started it up. For the first time I heard the valve clicking and the injectors firing and NO rattle at all.
My guess is that bolt was cross threaded from the factory as I've never had it apart before and it was causing the cluster the vibrate in the housing no matter what I tried. No matter what else I did it was the root cause and until now I didn't know it was likely the main problem. Now I HOPE I have it fixed, I was thinking of a 2015 trade because of the rattle. I'd tried everything in the sticky and it'd seem better for a couple of days and then back like a bad penny.
Wish me luck or if it's back in a week pray I get a good deal on the 2015.
Or was that look THEN leap?
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