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Location: Chandler, Arizona
Glad you found the cause of the noise. I would not try to rebuild the oem tensioners. It cannot be done. If the tensioners are bad, then the threads on the plunger and inside the aluminum tensioner body are also worn out. Either get the TOC manual tensioners, or get new oem tensioners, which you can expect to last 10-12,000 miles before they are worn out and need to be replaced again. Trying to rebuild worn out tensioners is risking destroying your engine. I have compared the internal threads between a new oem tensioner and a worn out tensioner, just out of curiosity. The threads on the worn out tensioner showed considerable wear compared to the new one Installing stronger springs will not do any good. I'm surprised the still sell those things.
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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
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