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I would only recommend using the TOC tensioners. On the right side, the coolant overflow tank gets in the way of getting a box end wrench on the locknut. I took an old box end wrench of the correct size, and used an angle grinder to cut just enough of a chunk out of it to get it over the bolt, sort of like a flare nut wrench, only my homemade one has a smaller gap. It was a very long wrench, probably about 14", and I had to cut the end that goes on the locknut pretty short to make it fit without hitting something, though I can't at the moment remember what. It works on both sides. I keep it with me, just in case one of the locknuts should work loose.
Yes you can make homemade ones out of the old tensioners, but they are pretty crappy. While I don't consider the TOC mod to allow you to change the stator without pulling the engine to be worth anywhere near what they want for it, I think their tensioners are worth every penny. They are much better than anything homemade I've seen, and are a one time investment. They don't cost any more than the stock oem ACCTs that only last 10,000 miles. IMO, keeping proper tension on the cam chain is one of the most important things you can do to make your engine last a long time.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike