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ZX6 Noisy Cam Chain

Bike is a 1996 ZX6R. Cam chain is very noisy. Removed tensioner and it seems to work fine. I saw manual adjusters on ebay. Is there more adjustment in a manual one? Could I get the seaon out of it with a manual adjuster?

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If your chain is makeing nois it would be a good idear to replace the chain a manual cam chain tenshioner will take the slack up but what about the valve timeing a worn chain will throw it out due to the chain stretching plus the manual tenshioner will make the guides wear faster if ya auto matic tenshioner has reached its limit that means replace chain no ifs or buts

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Wanting to know the orginal length on a cam chain for a kawasaki bayou 400, in inches,and how to measure it,and the wear on limtis on the cam chain as well.

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The manual tensioner will work for ever i have had mine in for 20,000 miles with no adjustment needed

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