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post #1 of 5 Old 09-04-2014, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Valve Guide Question

Step 20. I thought the entire unit had to come off so you could reset it?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-04-2014, 10:48 AM
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When I did mine, I just followed those directions.

When you pull the spring out, there will no longer be a force pushing the tensioner, so it should stay exactly where it was before you started. When you are buttoned up, you put the spring back in and it shouldn't change setting. (it would tighten if it needed to)

Of course, you could take it off and fully reset it, it isn't a big deal. I didn't, mostly cause I didn't want to replace the gasket.
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mostly cause I didn't want to replace the gasket.

My thought exactly.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-04-2014, 12:56 PM
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I've never seen one move when done the Marknet way, but I'd note the tension in the chain before removing the bolt and spring and then again when it's reassembled.

I believe that one click would make quite a difference in tension and would tell you if yo need to remove the whole delio and reset it.

My preference is to remove the bolt and then the spring and then the body. The one bolt is a cast iron bitch to get off; I have a short 10mm with a built in u-joint that does the trick.

On reassembly I use Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket (mostly because I like the smell) and have never replaced a gasket.


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I'm of the same view as Tom. I always remove the tensioner and use a gasket sealer. It doesn't seem like the small task in removal and re-install, balances against the potential for an over tensioned chain.

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