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post #1 of 8 Old 04-04-2015, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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reset cam chain tensioner

My mild dyslexia got the best of me and I removed the whole assembly instead of the spring assembly first.

do I need to and how would I go about resetting it?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-04-2015, 11:26 AM
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Remove the center cap and spring. Squeeze the trigger on the side and retract the plunger, simple as that. Finish the valve adjust/cam installation/ what ever. Install the tensioner body into the cylinder, install the spring and center cap.

I'll bet you already figured this out. This why you should have/read a service manual. Its all in the books.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-04-2015, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have and read the manual, I knew the answer, was feeling foolish and looking for some moral support I guess....
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-04-2015, 03:52 PM
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I've done that. Twice.

Did it just the other day while making a bracket for an electric fuel pump.

Walk it over to a vise, open the jaws to the same width as the width across the flats of the adjuster, be careful with the tab on the adjuster, and pop the bolt loose.

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-05-2015, 12:28 PM
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chain tensioner

A quick question. I have been watching you tube on the adjustment of the chain tensioner. It looks simple, just loosen 3/4 of a turn , then tighten it back. My question is, (1) doesn't the rear tire adjustment bolts tighten the chain properly ? and ( 2) I saw that the engine bolt tensioner adjustment is needed every 500 miles. At what point , and how do you know, when it is worn out and the simple back off then re tighten the bolt doesn't work anymore ?

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-05-2015, 12:48 PM
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Uh....Ok Kurt you are describing two completely different chains. The first on Youtube is for adjusting the balancer shaft drive chain inside the engine. The second is adjusting the drive chain to the wheel.

I adjust my balancer shaft drive chain adjuster (aka....Doohicky) each time I do an oil change. The Kawi manual says every 7500miles, I just doo it at oil change time.
I check my drive chain frequently and adjust when required.

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-05-2015, 12:59 PM
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thanks. Now i feel foolish. Of course they are two different chains. Why I didn't put two and two together. But, after all, that is why I jumped on this site. It has ALL the answers. Thanks.

so when do you know the "Doohicky" is worn out and the simple adjustment doesn't work anymore ?
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-05-2015, 01:20 PM
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That is one thing I like about this forum, people are willing to help noobs rather than put them down.
To answer your Doohicky question....You can't tell from the outside if the spring no longer has tension or if the Doo is stuck. You have to open up the side case for that. My 2011 had no spring tension at 6000miles when I replaced the Doo and spring with one from Eagle Mike.
Here is a good section you can read through. Common Mods and Issues. The Doohicky is about 1/2 way down the page.http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12596
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thanks. Now i feel foolish. Of course they are two different chains. Why I didn't put two and two together. But, after all, that is why I jumped on this site. It has ALL the answers. Thanks.

so when do you know the "Doohicky" is worn out and the simple adjustment doesn't work anymore ?

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