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Just bought a new 2020 Kodiak, seems to be making a metal to metal grinding noise for the first 20 seconds of initial startup. Anyone else heard this noise? Does it go away after break in? It started at 4 hours and I now have 10 hours on machine. There is a possibility it could be coming from air box sound could be air whistling due to choke? Video attached.
 

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Just bought a new 2020 Kodiak, seems to be making a metal to metal grinding noise for the first 20 seconds of initial startup. Anyone else heard this noise? Does it go away after break in? It started at 4 hours and I now have 10 hours on machine. There is a possibility it could be coming from air box sound could be air whistling due to choke? Video attached.
Where the video I don’t see it


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No idea but with it being that new I'd take it back to the dealer and see what they say.
 

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It sounded louder on the cvt side of the machine to me, but I would take it back to dealer and let them handle it.
 

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Yes, take it to the dealer, and be pleasant but forceful, I personally would ask for a new one. If they can show it is a simple fix that might be OK, but this is not starting out well. Any metal in the oil that you can see on the dip stick? If there is none that might indicate not as serious, the idea that it gets quieter after a while should indicate that it is finally getting oil to the trouble spot. Good luck!
 

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My '20 sounds exactly the same. I just assumed it was some kind of air valve that opened while cold related to choke. It can be heard through the airbox. It goes away after a very short period of idling. It does not sound like metal grinding to me. But I'm following to see if you get a solid explanation.
 

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My 2019 makes a noise like I can hear the cylinder going up and down until the temp reaches around 90 degrees then it goes away. It's done that since day one. I haven't had any problems with it and my oil is clean so I'm not worried about it. I'm going to a full synthetic oil on the next change so we'll see if that helps.
 

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Pistons go up & down cylinders do not LOL 😂 but we know what you meant LOL. It would be interesting to know if the noise goes away when you change to a synthetic.
 

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There is a possibility that they valves may need to be adjusted if you are hearing the noise right at the first start up. They could chatter a little until the oil gets flowing to coat the surfaces.
 
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I have the same slight mechanical ' clatter ' on start up and this is definitely due to the choke function and warm up it subsides quickly. The motor smooths out quickly. The same as most dirt bikes and my 2000 BMW M Roadster. Almost undrivable until warmed up and very different engine note.. all normal for the particular engine. The 686 is a highly satisfying engine in my short experience.
 

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The 686 is a highly satisfying engine in my short experience.
100% Agree. I've racked up 200 miles in 2 weeks on my new to me 2019 Grizz with the newish 686cc engine and it is a wonderful little power plant!!!
 

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200 miles in 2 weeks!! Impressed..ride on Brother.
If I were back home in New Brunswick with my old friends, 200 miles (320km) is 3 days of exploration in the bush. We typically do 80 to 150km in a day when I travel back to visit. If this covid thing relaxes a bit more, I may get the chance to trailer the kodiak the 1500km one way and do some riding with the old gang this year, if not, gotta wait and do it next summer.

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Probably couldn't ride that far around here without getting my arse shot off. Access to 800 acres but no way 80 miles..must be awesome to have such open spaces available. Jealous.
 

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It is awesome, it's all crown and private land. Alot of land owned by a logging company, they actually own more land in the province than the government dose. Thier logging roads are awesome to travel, even in older cut areas that are growing back up and the roads haven't been maintained for years, still good trails. Lots of lakes, little waterfalls and geological anomalies to explore.
Here in northern Ontario, it's pretty much the same, with the addition of thousands of old mines from years past.

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Let me tell you something Brother. Did 9 surgeries today...thought it was gonna break me. 92 yr olds with hip fractures and such. Between cases I read your description of THE LAND and saw it in my mind's eye. Realized that I had a great big dumb *** smile on my face. THANKS. I'm sure that its even better than I envisioned. Red
 

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Let me tell you something Brother. Did 9 surgeries today...thought it was gonna break me. 92 yr olds with hip fractures and such. Between cases I read your description of THE LAND and saw it in my mind's eye. Realized that I had a great big dumb *** smile on my face. THANKS. I'm sure that its even better than I envisioned. Red
Oh it is man, I can tell you, I have that same smile when I get back home and hit those trails with my friends. I only see them guys once a year, and it brings back old memories cruising down some of those trails. We stop for a beer at a few key places, we laugh about stupid stuff we did on bikes at each of those places when we were young.... Have a bbq lunch midway of our trip, and sometimes another midnight bbq on the way back. I'm 41 years old now, the body feels those 13 or 14 hr long trip.... But it's the only time I get with old friends so it's wiry the pain the next day.



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