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How do i tightn the timing chain, it seems to

How do i tighten the timing chain, it seems to rattle

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Timing chain is auto adjust, if you hear it rattle, it has come to the end of its life, and must be replaced. They usally only last about 40 - 50,000KM at the most.

Posted on May 05, 2010

  • Tim griffin Mar 12, 2015

    I have a ex500 vulcan
    The timing chain tensioner spring in the automatic tensioner became weak or it would only extend so much leading to a rattle
    If you haven't worn out the cam chain from over reving or extended periods of high Rpms then you can get a Manuel can chain adjuster
    I found one on eBay for 60 dollars and it's been working find for now
    You should get ready to change it though as they wear quickly when ran hard


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