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I have a c50 2005 it seems to have a very disturbing noise in the engine..I have had the valvel adjusted but it still rattles very loudly.when it was new there was a matter with the timing chain tensioner. How hard is it to adjust the tensinor?

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When correctly set, the valves can be quite loud on startup on these bikes, sometimes described as the "angry sewing machine". I would prefer that they be to the "loud" side than too quiet, as a tight exhaust valve can cause it to be burned from prolonged contact with the seat. The tensioners have been subject to fail- not universally, but it does happen- and that will be more of a knock from the side case that a rattle. The tensioners are self-adjusting until worn out.

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