My 2007 Low Rider (35,000 miles) has a noticeable whine, but only after a long run. When it's cooler it's pretty quiet.
Read some posts on this and saw the pics to inspect and repair the cam tensioners. So I opened the case today to check the cam chain tensioner. Couldn't see the inner tensioner, but the outer tensioner showed VERY minor wear.
My first question is: do these tensioners wear at a similar rate?
Second: Being this is my first Harley, could this whine be normal?
If I could hear the WHINE I could tell you more.
As far as WEAR on these NEW designed cam tensioner's NILL....
The outer one will show wear first... Why ??? I don't know but on Many newer bikes the outer shows such little wear I doubt if replacing it would be necessary for the life of the motor.
The New style Cam tensioner showed NO WEAR in 25,000 miles on my bike when I checked last, and Just like yours Very Minimal wear on the outer one and NO wear on the inner one...
The older bikes ( 06 and before) had a totally different system and called them Shoes..
A Ceramic type with high spring loaded pushing them against the chain and IMO, a PROBLEM waiting to happen.
I have owned the earlier TC with these types of SHOE tensioner and Got rid of them BEFORE I had a lot of problems from them. Gear drives solved the problem back then and still is today.
offers a Kit to change out the old types for the new Types.New cam-plate and High volume oil pump along with the new style tensioner that Replaces the SHOE style.
The new ones are Totally different and Rest Your Thoughts,,, They are GOOD and Need Not be checked like the Old Style did.
When you hear "have you checked your shoes?" Forget about it as it DOESN'T apply to Us, No shoes here,,, just a good tensioner with NO Problems