Use a deep 10 mm socket. Just a good snugging is needed. Best to use 1/4 in drive tools for this job.I'm having a lil bit of an issue getting to the nut on the inner side of the left mcct to tighten it down. Is it easier with a extension? Or what is the trick. Also what are the torq specs for those nuts?
I have ridden all year on my homemade ones with no adjustments and no issues for 6 dollars, 8000 miles and no issues. just saying!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 have ridden all year on my homemade ones with no adjustments and no issues for 6 dollars, 8000 miles and no issues. just saying!
I do agree that the threads on the oem ones have a bit to be desired, they are thin and only a few threads. I think the springs and toc's springs could have been a bit beefier too! stator cover and acct's was a poor design on kaws end on these bikes. electrical has a bit to be desired too, other than thos flaws I absolutely love the bike!I certainly hope your luck holds out. I have 45,000 on my TOC ones. They are big beefy things, and weigh noticeably more than the stock tensioners.