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1Back to top Go down    Cam Chain on Fri May 15, 2015 3:37 pm

bettyswolloks

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Hey all, normally when I get a new bike I pay attention to the cam chain, take the cam covers off and have a look how it looks on the teeth, check the tensioner is doing its job, clean the auto tensioner that kind of thing. On a high mileage jap bike that has no service historyI would just replace it, I consider anything over 50k ishon a jap biketo be high mileage, it would depend on the bike plus other things...

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What should I be looking at on the K? The tensioner, does it work well? How long do they last?

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2Back to top Go down    Re: Cam Chain on Fri May 15, 2015 4:45 pm

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Never felt the need to do it on any of my K's but have heard some say they have changed the guides as a precaution.
Remember, it's not a Honda with a shagged out chain and tensioner after 20k miles. Been there, done that.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Cam Chain on Fri May 15, 2015 5:43 pm

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@Comberjohn wrote:Never felt the need to do it on any of my K's but have heard some say they have changed the guides as a precaution.
Remember, it's not a Honda with a shagged out chain and tensioner after 20k miles. Been there, done that.

I know its not a jap....

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4Back to top Go down    Re: Cam Chain on Fri May 15, 2015 6:37 pm

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@Comberjohn wrote:Never felt the need to do it on any of my K's but have heard some say they have changed the guides as a precaution.

According to the service schedule the plastic face on the tensioning rail should
be changed every 60K km.
Did change mine at 180K km, then it was worn a bit less than half way
through the plastic.


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5Back to top Go down    Cam Chain on Fri May 15, 2015 7:29 pm

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I've got a 91 RT with 240,000klm on it and it definitely needs a new chain and tensioner. So looks like somewhere between 180,000 and 240,000 is your mark.


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