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Cams gone floppy

I have a '99 Tiger with the eccentric cam adjusters for the chain, which I've never properly got to grips with. Had the bike serviced before a trip to Norway and, 1,000 miles later, the chain was very floppy. Couldn't even shift the pinch bolts with the tool kit on the bike, so had to seek out a bike shop in Bergen who adjusted the chain. Another 1,000 or so miles later, the chain is seriously floppy once more and, again, I can't even loosen one of the pinch bolts. Is the chain simply knackered (it was on the bike when I bought it 14,000 mls ago and the bike had 22,000 miles on it then...not sure if the chain had been renewed at some stage by previous owner) or is there something wrong with the cam adjusters? I have found this system so user-unfriendly that this alone is making me think of not hanging on to the bike for very much longer. By the way...I was very unhappy with my last main dealer service (they managed to break the speedo sender while changing wheel bearings, and it came out with those eccentric cams so badly adjusted the bike felt dangerous) Anybody out there used Mr Pigs in Manchester?

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If you can't adjust your cams then the problem usually lies with the bracket that holds your rear brake caliper on. It goes through the rear axle bolt as well. Ok, this is the tricky bit to explain so bear with me When you take the bracket off you will notice it has a bearing. The bearing is supposed to be free moving inside the bracket but because they are made of different materials (I think) they corrode and seize. You will need to heat the bracket up so it expands, then put a suitably large socket (or something similar) over the bearing and with a soft mallet hammer it out. Give it a good going over with wet & dry, then lube it with Copperslip and slide it back in. By the way, it would be a good time to put some Copperslip on your cams as well. Your eccentric cams should turn really smoothly after that. Also, Tiger chains are a pain in the arse (IMHO), I can never quite seem to get the adjustment right. Most people on here advise you to have it slacker than the manual suggests, as when you sit on the bike and take up the suspension travel, the chain will be tighter.

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