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What should the tension be on the chain on my 04 Softail

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Chains should go up and down + or - 3/4" to 1" when adjusted properly, in the middle of the chain travel.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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SOURCE: need to replace cam chain

I don't work on the Twin Cam engines either. I work on the older stuff that the dealers no long work on. There are quite a number of special tools involved in servicing the parts inside the cam chest of a Twin Cam. If you have those tools, a service manual will tell you step by step how to fix anything in there. The manual cost about $90 or so. One hour labor at your local dealer will cost you about the same. If you repair on thing on your bike using a manual that you have bought, it has paid for itself and the rest of the information is free. A service manual is a very good investment in my opinion. I don't sell manuals but these people do. http://www.diyrepairmanuals.com/makes.asp Harley-Davidson is very protective of their copyrighted material so you are not likely to find one online for a free download.

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