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Old 06-15-2011, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Cam Chain Tensioner Replacement

My bike is my only means of transportation right now and it seems I'm hearing more engine noise from the cam area the last few days. I live nearly 30 miles from work so I'm hoping for a quick fix till winter time. I ordered the cam tension shoe and gasket, can i replace the tensioner with the cam plate in the bike? also, any ideas on how to substitute for the tensioner tool?
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As PM'd:

Ok.....with your dropping oil psi, you need to yank that thing open, at a minimum, NOW.

If there's more noise, that's an indication that the shoe material is GONE, and the chain is riding on the metal adjuster arms.

In many cases, this requires rebuilding of the entire engine, due to debris scattering and damage due to lost oil psi.......

I kid you not.

Cam surfaces will come apart and bearing rollers begin to delaminate/score due to metal and dibris in them. This can include the crank pin as well.....
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No quick fix if they are gone, pop the cam cover and take a peak at least at the outter tensioner and look at the condition, the inner one usually is worse, judge from that, I recommend upgrading the oil pump and cam plate too the 96ci style
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My bike is my only means of transportation right now and it seems I'm hearing more engine noise from the cam area the last few days. I live nearly 30 miles from work so I'm hoping for a quick fix till winter time. I ordered the cam tension shoe and gasket, can i replace the tensioner with the cam plate in the bike? also, any ideas on how to substitute for the tensioner tool?
IMO - based on your questions , no . Best left to an experienced H-D tech that has the correct tools .
If you have the cam cover gasket you can remove the cam cover to inspect the tensioners . You'll have to loosen the exhaust to get the cover off . If the tensioners are coming apart then do not run the engine untill it's repaired , major damage can result .
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well i will lose my job if i don't fix right now, as i have no other vehicle. So your saying I need to remove cam plate, that i can't replace tensioner otherwise? I did acquire the tensioner tool, wish I had done more than transmission and top end work at the dealership, I just have no experience on the cam plates.
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well i will lose my job if i don't fix right now, as i have no other vehicle. So your saying I need to remove cam plate, that i can't replace tensioner otherwise? I did acquire the tensioner tool, wish I had done more than transmission and top end work at the dealership, I just have no experience on the cam plates.
I'm not being a jerk here, rent a car it's cheaper than loosing your job. Good luck.

P.S. or buy a older junker then turn and sell it to get back some of your money.
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put in a set of gear drive cams,about the same time involved as replacing tensioners(and youll never have a prob again)
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well i will lose my job if i don't fix right now, as i have no other vehicle. So your saying I need to remove cam plate, that i can't replace tensioner otherwise? I did acquire the tensioner tool, wish I had done more than transmission and top end work at the dealership, I just have no experience on the cam plates.
Cam plate has to be removed . There are two tensioners , one outside and one inside and the inside one is usually the worst for wear . Also there's more than just one cam support plate tool needed for the job .
I would first remove the cover to inspect the tensioners to make sure they're bad then decide on your next move .
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well i will lose my job if i don't fix right now, as i have no other vehicle. So your saying I need to remove cam plate, that i can't replace tensioner otherwise? I did acquire the tensioner tool, wish I had done more than transmission and top end work at the dealership, I just have no experience on the cam plates.
Your profile states your occupation as car salesman ! Seems to me you should be able to dig up a set of wheels to get back and forth to work while your bike is being repaired ... just saying !
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