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Join Date: Jul 2008
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You will know when the chain gets too much slack. It will make a horrible racket in the bottom of the engine that you cannot mistake for anything else.
Changing the chain and tensioners requires removing the engine from the frame, removing the clutch cover, clutch and valve covers from the engine. There is a bit more tear down required to get to the tensioners, then it is a matter of removing the cams, pulling the chain through the engine, putting the new chain on, realigning the cams, installing the tensioners and buttoning up the engine. The one I did took 5.5 hours start to finish. Your time may vary. The parts were not terribly expensive, but the labor was so I did it myself.
Current Bikes ---->
- 1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
- 2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to Present
- 2014 Honda CTX1300 - 05-2015 to Present
Past Bikes -------->
-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 05-2012-05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017t