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Old 11-29-2012, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Cam chain tensioner

Brought my 2010 softail custom in for a 25,000 service. Having heard about problems with the "plastic" guide on the cam chain tensioner wearing out I asked them to check it out for me. They called me back and said it would take them about 2 hours to just check it out. If it was worn well then it would be an additional couple hours to fix it. Well with them charging $88 bucks an hour I told them not to do it. Don't I just take the the 10 screws off and look at it? Like to hear from anyone who's done this before. If that's all there is to it I can surely do it. Got some wrenching skills was a tank mechanic in the Army in the early 80's. Can't be to much of a differance than wrenching on a tank?
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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its a simple inspection, i watched a few videos on youtube and did it myself, You will need a small dental mirror to get a look at the inner one.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Easy on the muscle. You're used to sledge hammers and a torch working on that tank. Now you're playing with aluminum. You'll pull those threads quicker than a stripper gets off your lap when the money's gone. Get a service manual and pay strict attention to the torque specs.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yea, You tube is a great idea. Thanks. When you checked yours did they need replacing?
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Unless I'm missing something, the problem you're referring to was with the pre 07 spring loaded tensioners. The newer hydraulic ones were supposed to address the premature wear issue. Don't quote me, but I THINK the service life is well over 25,000 miles or kilometers.

Once the cam cover is off, it's easy to see the 1st tensioner, but it is tricky to get a mirror at the right angle to get a good view of the back one, and VERY tricky to make
a good call on how worn it is.
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Brought my 2010 softail custom in for a 25,000 service. Having heard about problems with the "plastic" guide on the cam chain tensioner wearing out I asked them to check it out for me. They called me back and said it would take them about 2 hours to just check it out. If it was worn well then it would be an additional couple hours to fix it. Well with them charging $88 bucks an hour I told them not to do it. Don't I just take the the 10 screws off and look at it? Like to hear from anyone who's done this before. If that's all there is to it I can surely do it. Got some wrenching skills was a tank mechanic in the Army in the early 80's. Can't be to much of a differance than wrenching on a tank?
You have the " new and improved" style. Don't worry about it untill you reach about 50,000 miles.








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You have the " new and improved" style. Don't worry about it untill you reach about 50,000 miles.








I just replaced my cams with Andrews 48H's. My plastic tensioners looked like they had 10 miles on them. I have a 2010 Heritage with 41,000 miles on the clock.... My advise is don't worry about yours for another 50 K miles.
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Depending on the model, you may have to remove the exhaust to get the timing cover off. It's not a 10 minute job.
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Oh, another reason that helped me justify the swap is the 07-up oil pumps have more capacity than the previous version. Probably not a game changer but it sure doesn't hurt
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You have the " new and improved" style. Don't worry about it untill you reach about 50,000 miles.








My inner on the 07 was toast at 19,000 miles. Pieces of it were broke off and in the bottom of the chest. They still need to be inspected.
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My inner on the 07 was toast at 19,000 miles. Pieces of it were broke off and in the bottom of the chest. They still need to be inspected.
He was asking about a 2010 model motor.





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He was asking about a 2010 model motor.





2007 and 2010 have the same style of tensioners.
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ya got a longway to go !!,i have 75.000 on my 07 103 ,204 cams and mcr heads,your wasting your time pullin it apart !!
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2007...2010...what's your point? They still need to be inspected. Anyone that thinks they're bulletproof and can neglect inspecting them is in for a big surprise.

I think too many folks read the forums and think it's gospel. I really don't care what people do or don't do with their bikes. My point is these tensioners are no different than any other maintenance item and need to be inspected. If someone believes everything they read on a forum and choose to neglect things it's on them.

Again, I had an inner bad at 19,000 miles. It is in everyone's best interest to inspect them. Enough said....
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2007...2010...what's your point? They still need to be inspected. Anyone that thinks they're bulletproof and can neglect inspecting them is in for a big surprise.

I think too many folks read the forums and think it's gospel. I really don't care what people do or don't do with their bikes. My point is these tensioners are no different than any other maintenance item and need to be inspected. If someone believes everything they read on a forum and choose to neglect things it's on them.

Again, I had an inner bad at 19,000 miles. It is in everyone's best interest to inspect them. Enough said....
"There is always the one exception that makes the rule."

The inner chain on the '09 and up are from different suppliers my local MoCo dealer said.







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