Did he tell you this based on observation of the tensioners or just based on generality? Some have had their tensioners wear out with MUCH less mileage. I think most people are recommending checking them every 15k and replace as necessary. If you want piece of mind then just change to gear drive. Of course piece of mind comes with a cost. A gear drive setup will cost you around $1100 (parts and labor).rgterry said:My HD wrench told me that the cam chain tensor may go out around 25K miles. Can anyone help me with this. I ride a 2005 RG, BBII with 203 cams, currently hae 24,700 miles.
Terry C said:Where would one find HD's official position on their tensioners?
I ask because I now have 8,000 miles on my second set of tensioners, the first were replaced under warranty.
same here. There is little doubt you can just maintian them and replace when needed. But I don't want to think about it.xxxflhrci said:I spent too much time worrying about the tensioners before. I now have cam chest peace of mind. I can now spend my free time worrying about when my belt is gonna break.
csoday,csoday said:Check them every 20,000-30,000 miles and ride. If you read this forum enough, they will have you replacing half the motor.
RB Jones said:csoday,
You got it right. Tech articles I've read show that the tensioner problem is most likely due to modded engines with high lift cams and super strong valve springs which put enormous stress on the cam chains. If you're running mild mod or stock and aren't wringing the hell out of the engine all the time, they're probably good for 100k. Those that do die prematurely seem to be random occurrences (knocking on wood that mine ain't one of them). Having the tensioners changed out without evidence of wear is kind of like going to your doctor and saying, "Take out my appendix because I hear some of them go bad every now and then."
Ummm, gotta change the cams at the same time....right?Jshuster said:"I hate engine clatter, I'm sticking with the tensioners"
Huh? Gear drive doesn't make clatter maybe a little gear noise but no clatter. Replacing the tensioners is much cheaper but it is a crapshoot when they will fall apart and contaminate oil. Gear Drive is solid piece of mine