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Hi guys, I am wondering if anyone can help with a problem. Because it is supposed to snow again tomorrow I decided it would be a good time to check my tensioners for wear. What I found worries me a little. The tensioner pads have what is probably a normal amount of wear for 30k but the pads seem to be badly pitted so I am not sure if keeping them is a good idea. I will attach a picture (I hope). any imput would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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For 30,000 that doesn't look too bad.
I would button up and check again in 25,000.
 

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I would replace it, that is not right and the wear material should not form those holes. Replace and feel better for those 25,000 miles.
 

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For 30,000 that doesn't look too bad.
I would button up and check again in 25,000.
HDSickness is right. What does the inner shoe look like? If it isn't much different you're probably ok for another 25,000.

At least that is what I read somewhere...:think
 

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I know I'm new here so pardon me for my opinion , but if you are already in there why not change them. They are not that expensive and peace of mind is worth something. I just helped my friend change his on his 06 wide glide and they had very little wear on them but we changed them anyway. But what do I know?
 

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What does the inner shoe look like ? They typically wear about 30% faster than the outer one.
 

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Check the inner, when in doubt, change em out. Cheap insurance.
 

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Schmidty's is right: the inners are going to be about a 3rd more worn. The outers don't look that bad. Mine were literally gouged when I checked at 23k miles. I ended up switching to gears, but that's another story.

The tensioners are the weakness in a TC88 in my opinion. If your this far into it, I'd say just replace them any way, but that's up to you. It's just that the consequences can be dyer if they fail completely.

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Hi guys, I am wondering if anyone can help with a problem. Because it is supposed to snow again tomorrow I decided it would be a good time to check my tensioners for wear. What I found worries me a little. The tensioner pads have what is probably a normal amount of wear for 30k but the pads seem to be badly pitted so I am not sure if keeping them is a good idea. I will attach a picture (I hope). any imput would be appreciated. Thanks
The cost of two new shoes is alot less than the cost of a oil pump failure due to the parts of the shoes going through it. :think



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i heard that h-d is going back to the manual tensioner. (problems)
guess we should stick with the Hayden unit.
now if only h-d would bring back the window primary cover.
 

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Weigh your options carefully. Replacing the inner shoe involves removing the cam plate and cams which involves removal of the pushrods. If you're diving in I would suggest upgrading to at least the Harley SE hydraulic cam tensioner kit. Or, if your pinion shaft run out is minimal go to gear drive.

Here is a video that will show you what you're getting in to:

 

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I would like to thank you guys for the imput. The inner shoe looks good and I took a picture of it to my local mechanic. He tells me the pits are normal in the spring loaded tensioners. That being said I have decided that gear drive will be the way to go so now I just have to dial the shaft to check for runout and then order the parts. I was going to wait and do this next winter when the big bore kit is installed but I figure that seeing as i'm already there I may as well do it now so one less thing I have to pay for next winter. Thanks again.
 
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