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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am having the problems associated with worn out ACCT's. I wasn't sure 100% but after dissasembling one and preloading the spring a couple twists the nosies etc. went away. I know that won't last, just a test and the springs are shot anyway. But, reading other threads, I saw someone mention that they had preloaded new replacment springs. Doesn't twisting on a spring weaken it? Or is a little ok? I was curious. Anyway I want to get the manual tensioners from APE (don't know how to make a link!) but seem to only be able to order by calling - and I work 12 hours when they are open. How did anyone get theirs? Different site than the ZXZONE.com?
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hi there i bought mine off of ebay just search under ape cam chain tensioner and he is in the ebay stores. he also has a website under victory lane motorsports you can purchase them from also. his ebay user id is vlm194
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just an F.Y.I. for those thinking of getting the manual tensioners. because of reduce clearances for the rear cylinder caused by the coolant reservoir tank , have them shorten the bolt on the tensioner for that cylinder. i know others have requested that from them and they will do it. they might even know how much to shorten it. others in this forum or the yahoo group might know too.
just thought you might want to know. ride safe, john
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just an F.Y.I. for those thinking of getting the manual tensioners. because of reduce clearances for the rear cylinder caused by the coolant reservoir tank , have them shorten the bolt on the tensioner for that cylinder. i know others have requested that from them and they will do it. they might even know how much to shorten it.
Good point you brought up. I never really thought about that.


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Doesn't twisting on a spring weaken it?
The twisting action is what makes them work.
I don't know if it weakens the spring, but if they don't twist, they don't turn the screw, so they don't adjust anything.
I believe there has to be a certain amount of preload for proper tension.
I gave mine (that I just replaced a couple of days ago) about 1 turn before screwing the plunger down.


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the TOC springs don't need a preload because they are slightly stronger than stock. If preloading the stock springs work, than that should be good for awhile (although it tricky to preload without hearing the spring spin in the tentioner during assembly). Its not hard to get remove&replace them (easier than the final drive).

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has kawasaki redesigned the acct's, had both of mine replaced under extended warranty and they are smaller than the origionals. my mech. also said he thought kawa fixed that problem.

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has kawasaki redesigned the acct's, had both of mine replaced under extended warranty and they are smaller than the origionals. my mech. also said he thought kawa fixed that problem.
The part #'s are still the same on Kawi's parts list.
Maybe next years model will have a newly designed one ?


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Thanks for the tip about purchasing from ebay - the're on the way. Another question though. After I fiddled with my front cyl. ACCT and put it back on, I noticed something about making sure the cyl. was at TDC....I have no idea of the timing, I took the tensioner off and simply reinstalled it...then read the instructions. The bike runs like a top as usual - minus the noise. Was I just lucky or is it not that important to have the piston at TDC?? I really don't see the point, once the tensioner is on and the bike is running again you simply adjust (per a prior thread) the noise away. Right?
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Was I just lucky or is it not that important to have the piston at TDC??
It seems to be one way some people do it.
I didn't put the cyls. at TDC either.
IMO, it shouldn't make much of a difference as long as ya don't turn the engine over while the ACCT's are out.

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