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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cam chain tensioners...

Can you tell by sound if they are needed? I was told I need them, what do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBYc...e_gdata_player

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I guess I can't properly add my YouTube video.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 10:47 PM
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Short answer, no, you can't tell solely by ear if the chain tensioner needs to be replaced. It can give you a good indication where to look, but the sound associated with chain mesh / slap is often amplified by other dynamics in the system such as idle / run quality (which drives crankshaft dynamics......which drives chain dynamics).

Easy way to check is to pull the tensioner, verify it doesn't have visible heavy wear between the plunger and body, no broken spring, no plugged oil holes, etc. If the ratcheting type, be sure to check the mechanism for proper engagement (and the "teeth" for wear). I don't know how the SV tensioner is built.....but Grasshopper is the man when it comes to that bike. What he says goes.

And I can't tell anything from a Youtube video. Sorry, I'd have to listen to it in person, then typically even at work, I rely on the fancy LMS sound equipment we have to identify source.

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