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04' GS Rod Bearing?

On my baja trip my bike started making a new noise after it's warmed up. It sounds like a rod bearing to me. Am I just paranoid at having spent so much on the bike? Is it a noise associated with break in? The bike has 17k miles on it, I bought it with 10k. I used Mobil 1 15/50 at 13k and just changed the oil again at 17k (4k miles in between changes). I've also completed the valve adjustments right on time. Thanks for any info/experience anyone has with this. It's still under warranty but I'd like to get as much info as possible before going to the dealership.
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Had the same thing happen to me recently but managed to fix it myself with the aid of the thread I've linked to below:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58582

Read it all, inc. the other links within the thread. Basically, the fix involved buying & fitting the uprated l/h cam chain tensioner. It has a 30-40% stiffer spring & a smaller oil drain hole (it's tensioned by both spring & hydraulic pressure).

It worked for me, I was getting quite annoyed with my bike, this solved it. Only issue is the cost, old part in the UK was £45, new part is £128, I paid £ 104 in Germany but there's since been a price increase I believe? Worth the effort & cost, especially if you can fit it yourself to reduce costs IMO.

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Great news, thanks. It's still under warranty so I'll see if I can't get BMW to fix it. It's a great bike but for the money you spend on them something like that should be covered under the warranty. If not I'm glad that I can fix it myself.
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