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How do you properly adjust the cam chain tensioner on a DR200?

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This is a trick question. You are fortunate to have an automatic cam chain tensioner on your motorcycle. No maintenance id=s necessary. If you are experiencing a loud ticking sound coming from your cylinder/head, you probably just need to do a valve adjustment. IN .08 mm (.003 in) EX .13 mm (.005 in)

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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