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I changed the oil and now i have a lifter noise. Are the timing chain tensioners adjustable on a 1997 Vulcan 800

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That engine has adjustable chain tensioners. That may solve all your noise problems. Be sure you know how to adjust the ones on your bike before starting.

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IF I recall correctly, the Kawasaki valves are adjusted by shims as opposed to a lock-down screw or hydraulic lifters. The shims come in different thicknesses. As the valve parts wear, a change in shims is how the valves are adjusted.

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SOURCE: how to adjust the timing chain on 800 vulcan?

Loosen both your axle nuts, chain adjyuster and pull whole wheel back, tighten you adjuster make sure LH=RH mark are the same place then your axle nut.

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