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Cam chain tensioners

I am renewing the cam chain tensioners on my vtr 1000, and would like to know wether the timing can be upset through this procedure.Can i just remove the old tensioners and install the new ones and the job is done.Or do i have to check if the timing has moved???
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I replaced mine on my cbr f1 with a salvaged one... a couple of bolts and it took me 20 minutes with fairings off. it was a good thing i replaced it, because the old one was worn down really bad, and its was wobbly. I heard that if you use an aftermarket and you don't know what your doing you could cause damage. can i get some feedback, thanks

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DO NOT just replace the tensioners without setting the cam timing as not doing so will let the cam chain jump the crank sprocket.
And refit manual tensioners, as Honda ones fail.

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Can you tell me where the timing marks are on the honda vtr 1000

I take it you have the cam sprocket marks (FE and FI) facing away from each other icon_question.gif and the cam lobes facing away from each other also (at approximately ten past ten, looking at a clock face) icon_question.gif

If you can just about get the FE mark lined up with the top of the cylinder head OK, but not the FI mark it would suggest to me that the inlet cam is one tooth out.

If the cam chain has stretched that much IMHO both the FE and FI cam sprocket marks would be out, not just the one icon_exclaim.gif

Before trying to adjust it, what you need to do is have a close inspection of the cam sprocket and chain to see if it is out enough for a one tooth adjustment to put it right.

This photo shows what one tooth out looks like:-

hope this helps


Oct 25, 2011 | 1999 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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My 2002 Firestrom has only 4000 miles on it and makes a loud clanking noise when it's cold, not always or constant, but about every few seconds if you give it gas until it warms up. It sounds pretty...

I'd stop riding it til the issue is resolved or you may seriously damage the engine!
It might be something as simple as the timing chain slapping because the tensioner isn't working right, or it could be something much more serious!
If you are mechanically inclined, check the timing chain tensioner and then see if the cam bearing bolts are loose or stripped.
Check the cam sprockets too.
If it's not that, then it's probably much more serious and will require a tear down to see if it's a crank bearing or piston rod knocking.
If the bolts in the mentioned areas are loose, but not stripped, you might be able to fix it by just tightening some bolts. If they are stripped, you should be able to get away with putting heli-coils into the bolt holes (after they are heli-coil tapped... see this page for more information : .
If you are not the mechanically inclined person, then I highly recommend getting the bike to a mechanic ASAP.

Jul 31, 2011 | 2002 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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Hi i have a 2003 honda vtr firestorm just wondering when cam chain and tensioner should be changed .Also at what intervals should bike be serviced.

Manufacturer recomeds tensioner @ 40k but please change them at 35k. My rear tensioner failed @ 40150 ks and two bent valves, valve stem seals, head gasket + the two 50$ tensioners + labour, i was back on the road.
as for the servicing i personally have been doing 5k oil and 10k oil and filter change. As long as the service intervals are with in six months apart i dont think you wil have a problem. If you dont do many k's change your oil at least once every six months-oil is cheap.

Jun 13, 2011 | 2003 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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here is an online manual for you bike

good luck.

Mar 26, 2011 | 2002 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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When does cam chain need checking on a 1998 vtr firestorm

hi as this runs on an automatic tensioner arangment there is no set time for checking, if the chain becomes noisy or you suspect early failure then this would be a good time,

Dec 08, 2010 | 1999 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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When i start my 2000 rc-51 1000 then give it throttle.

sounds like a cam chain is making that noise..your cam tensioner may not be operating properly..may need to in stall a new one.

Apr 23, 2010 | 2000 Honda VTR 1000 SP-1 (RC51)

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Timing chain slip how do you get the timimg back front head

you will need to release tensioner, and remove inlet camshaft and re align at TDC then put cam back in and tension.
timing chain cannot just slip check for chain, guides, or tensioner wear

Apr 11, 2010 | 2000 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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Loud tapping coming from the front of my vtr 1000

Some VTR1000's had a problem with the cam chain tensioner on the front cylinder. If this is left the chain can become so loose it skips a few teeth on the cam sprocket and bends the valves. If you can locate the tensioner, remove the centre screw with sealing washer from it, insert a small flat blade screwdriver in and run the engine. you will feel the screwdriver shake about if the tensioner has gone.

Jan 18, 2010 | 1998 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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Rattling noise from engine sometimes . mostly when choke just turned off or slowing to stop early on . not as bad when done a few miles . 15000 miles on clock . suspect cam chain tensioners ?

Its probably the automatic cam chain tensioner. Honda told me to ignore the noise because nothing bad is happening. My bike shop said I should replace it with a manual tensioner. I have 15300 miles and will leave it be.

May 01, 2009 | 2002 Honda VTR 1000 F Firestorm

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