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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2005, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cam Chain adjusters

Has anyone tried replacing their OEM camchain adjuster with a manual type like the ones made by APE at http://www.zxzone.com/sprockets.html. I'm thinking about doing it but wondering how well it works or the difficulty level of installation. The price looks good, less then $50.00 each and they look good.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2005, 04:10 PM
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Re: Cam Chain adjusters

manual adjusters have been mentioned from time to time, but I don't recall that anyone in the fourm has acutally installed any.

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Re: Cam Chain adjusters

I just performed a preload on the cam tensioners found on my 2002 750 Vulcan. I just could not understand how with 2400 miles the tensioners would be contributing to an annoying clattering from the engine. I first thought the noise was just emmitting from the frt cylinder, but after removing and tightening the spring on the frt cylinder I then could hear the rear cylinder noise as well. I must say the info. gathered from several 750 owners web sites was very helpful, but the process to preload the tensioner springs was found to be very difficult by myself. Using a helper I was able to do this fairly easily and was gratified to see that it actually worked. Now the big question, how long will it last? I must note that although my bike has low mileage it has sat for probably a couple of years possibly contributing to the weakened spring tension. Art
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Re: Cam Chain adjusters

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Did you first have to remove the side engine cover and set the cyclinder at TDC or any other such procedure? I've read different threads about this and several say when it is preloaded, taking it out and reinstalling it only takes a few minutes, but I don't see removing the side cover of motor and doing the whole operation could be any less than an hour or more.
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Re: Cam Chain adjusters

I didn't the first time, and did the second time. It only takes a few extra minutes to take the top cover off the side. Becareful not to munge the little rubber washers or you will have a leak around the screws where you munged the little thing.. I picked up some tiny ones real cheap in a HW store and they worked fine.

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Re: Cam Chain adjusters

Actually pulling the tensioners and reinstalling them was a breeze, it was the preloading of the spring that was difficult. I did not pull the alt. cover to ck tdc, but I did pill the respective sparkplug and and ck for the compression stroke. which usually means tdc for that cylinder, and then removed that tensioner. So far so good, no problems reinstalling. Art
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