Cam Chain tensioner

schnowz schnowz at
Sat Jan 13 20:49:49 PST 2007

  No.. actually it turns the engine in the correct forward direction so the slack side is on the tensioner. Being a lazy bastid i don't wanna remove the bottom plastic and cover and now I'm thinking i could bump the engine with the rear wheel in top gear first - before blipping.. No?
 Question: if this is done, not a valve adjustment, and the tensioner is removed, can the chain fall of the sprocket far enough to loose the timing. I'm thinking not but thought I'd ask first.
How much are the mechanical tensioners and who carries them?

 Pete S
 Glad you got the carcass by the way, sounds like a steal...

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Daniels 
  To: schnowz ; gpzlist at 
  Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 9:53 PM
  Subject: Re: Cam Chain tensioner

  I don't think you can blip it with the starter, because, if I'm not mistaken, you have to rotate the engine backwards to reset the tensioner.

  schnowz <schnowz at> wrote: 
    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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