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The stock Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners seem to be a bit on the weak side, and when the internal spring loosens up, it tends to make the cam chain slap inside the engine case - not a good thing. There are various means and methods to address this (repacking or replacing the spring) and one method is to replace the whole thing with a manual adjuster. I've done this on my Vulcan instead of messing around with it. The bolt length is needed to introduce the correct amount of pressure against the cam chain, and once you get that you tighten the locknut and the cam chain is properly tensioned and quiet.
My advise is to do nothing unless you're getting a cam chain slap - you'll hear it, don't worry. If you don't hear it, you're good to go (at least for now) and if you do hear it, I can recommend the MCCT as a fix. It worked for me.
Vulcan 750 is a great bike, isn't it?
2005 Vulcan - bought used August 2007
Memphis Shades Classic Deuce Windscreen
Willie and Max Saddlebags
Kaw saddlebag bracket set and taillight relocation
Kaw Rear Rack and extended backrest
Toolbox Hinge Repair
Interstate AGM Battery
Bulldog's R/R Relocation Kit
TOC Manual Cam Chain Tensioners
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