2000 formular deluxe 700 knocking noise
hey all, kinda new to the forum, however, my Formula Deluxe 700 has developed a knocking noise, and it seems to be coming from the left side as you are standing in front of it. The sled has a little over 6,000 miles on it. The knocked came about, 2 years ago at the end of the riding season in michigan. Didn't get to run it last year as there was no snow when i could go. Anywho, I've had a couple guys that work on slelds listen to it. Of course they weren't sure what it was. Another guy that works on motorcycles thought maybe something could be making the noise from the stator housing. What I want to know, is there anything in there that would make any noise? Also, If I was to remove the recoil starter assembly, could I still run the sled to see if the noise is more prominent? (I think i'd have to put the exhaust back on, but flip it so we could hear)
Then here is something else, would the stator going bad cause my headllight to nearly go out when swithching from dim to bright and bright to dim?
Thanks for any info and help.