Cam Chain tensioner

Steve Northrop blackgpz at
Sat Jan 13 17:46:55 PST 2007

Don't really know Pete but it seems once they stop "automatically" 
adjusting, they're toast. I didn't try and repair it, thought it would be 
like trying to polish a turd. With a manual one, you "set it and forget it" 
(until the next time you set the valves).

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'02 Daytona 955i
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "schnowz" <schnowz at>
To: <gpzlist at>
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 7:20 PM
Subject: Cam Chain tensioner

> OK so I know some of you have fitted the manual cam chain tensioner, but 
> why doesn't the stocker work? Is it because the spring is too weak or the 
> teeth aren't sharp enough on the ratchet?
> Has anyone tried shimming the spring with washers (or installing a 
> stronger spring) or sharpening the ratchet teeth?
> It's making quite a clatter when it's cold and the ear plugs just aren't 
> cuttin it anymore. ;-)
> Is the manual BS about removing the left cover to crank the crankshaft? 
> Can you just blip the starter button (with kill switch off) to settle it 
> without worrying about it jumping a tooth...
> I'm on digest so CC me of list..
> Pete S 

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