Originally Posted by Wanderer
I know there was a discussion somewhere on the site but I havn't been able to locate it again.
Anyway my 02 fatboy is at 25k miles and I know that it is in the range where they have been failing. I have decided to go ahead and replace the stock chain and tensioners. I spoke to a harley mech about it and there are two options. The redesigned (as of 06 according to him) hydraulic tensioners which is basically the same operating principal except instead of a spring they use hydraulic fluid to push the cup to the chain, or to go to a gear drive.
I am kind of leaning toward the gear drive as I think it would be stronger and get rid of the problem with the shoes altogether, and it runs about 900.00 versus the hydraulic running close to 1500.00
I was wondering if anyone on the forums had any experience with either type of upgrade and what they thought.
If I go with gears has anyone got any recommendations as to what manufacturers make the best.
Sorry for such a long post
I just inspected mine with 22,000 miles on them and they look almost brand new..It's worth the cost of a gasket, put the bike upright, you will have to pull your pipes off too to get the bolts out and remove the cover...(I was modifying my exhaust so it was a good time to take a look inside...) Gasket wasaround $9 plus the cost of a couple of exhaust gaskets... Here's a couple pictures I took of the cam chain scrubbers....my buddy has 38,000 on his Ultra with no problems either...just check it to be sure...