cam tensioners

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by 01 rk, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. 01 rk

    01 rk Active Member

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    I opened up the cam chest this am and found almost zero wear on the primary tensioner. Question now is do I continue disassembly and replace the bearings, or should I button it back up, I hate to disturb things, that old saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
    There is 48k on bike the inside is clean no sludge, no signs of wear on the chain or sprokets.
    Suggestions please.
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    unless you wanna go ahead and take care of it all now .. i would but thats me .. then put it back together
     
  3. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    My opinion, if you are able to do the work yourself do it. The work will have to be done sooner or later and now is a good time.
    Kemo
     
  4. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    yea now would be a great time for a herko kit
     
  5. 01 rk

    01 rk Active Member

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    I bought the bike new 11/05 change the oil every 3k, most of the milage is hwy. Nothing but tires and plugs have been changed. It runs great.
     
  6. 01 rk

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    Theres a primary and secondary tensioner in the cam chest, the primary is the outer tensioner the secondary is behind the cam support plate.
     
  7. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    How does the inner tensioner shoe look? If you haven't checked, get a cheap dental mirror and get it and your eyeball and some light in there and check it. They do not wear the same, and one can look new while the other one is almost down to metal on metal!

    TQ
     
  8. Trek

    Trek Junior Member

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    01, what kind of lube do you use? Just curious with almost no wear that is a good testimonial.
     
  9. 01 rk

    01 rk Active Member

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    I am old school, I use H-D 20-50 conventional
     
  10. Texan Ron

    Texan Ron New Member

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    I took a look at mine with about 26K and they were nearly gone! You are blessed, indeed. I went ahead and put in some S&S gear drives. What a horrible design those tensioners are. Designed to fail.