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I finally had time today to install the new hayden primary chain tensioner i ordered a few weeks ago. Install was easy with provided instructions and only took me about 1/2hr to do. This first pic is of the stock ratchet style tensioner. You can actually see the the rather large amount of slack in the upper portion of the chain. The second pic is with the hayden tensioer installed and you can see theres no slack in the chain. I did however reuse both the outer primary cover gasket and the derby cover o-ring gasket. Install was simple with provide instruction on how to set up the new tensioner.

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So, how did it affect shifting, noise, etc?? Been looking at this mod for a while. Worth it?


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To be honest with you i was only able to take around the block cuz the roads are still covered with shit from the last snow we got. Having seen the serious slack in the chain with the stock tensioner to no slack with the hayden tensioner id say it will definately not hurt the shifting and overall performance of the clutch and compensator. For the $100 for the tensioner id say its worth it just because of the slack issue. Unfortunately i couldnt ride far to get a real feel for it

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I've removed and reinstalled my primary cover 4-times since the last gasket i purchased with no issue. As long as it looks like it's in good shape I've learned not to worry about replacing it.

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I put a Hayden Tensioner in my ride a couple of months ago and glad I did - Yes, it's worth it. Quieter and smoother shifting.

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I put a Hayden Tensioner in my ride a couple of months ago and glad I did - Yes, it's worth it. Quieter and smoother shifting.
Same here. I had an issue with some wear but the problem was with my clutch splines being worn. I found the wear when I went in to replace the clutch.

Even though it was not a fault with their tensor they were good enough to send me a free replacement part.

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Install is easy, shifting is smoother and 1st gear clunk is greatly reduced.
If you watch their video on their site it is easy to see why it reduces wear on the compensator and transmission shaft bearings.

You may hear a very slight bit of a hum for the 1st couple of tanks but not to worry it is just chain and the pad mating the surfaces.

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Did you guys use any shims ? What was your mileage at time of change ?

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No shims, 65,000 miles. I talked with my local dealer parts manager about the chain when my clutch spines went south due to all the metal in the oil. He said it is a very rare thing to ever need a new chain.

Oh I forgot to mention above that finding neutral is much easier too.

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I put my Hayden in at 9,000 miles when I did my motor work. For $115, 1/2 hr time investment, and piece of mind it's well worth it. No shims, just use the zip ties to compress the spring, i had to use 3.

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My scoot has about 35k miles on it. I did the compensator a couple years ago but never did the tensioner til now. Two shims were provided but i didnt have to use any. The install is easy. The hardest part of the job is taking the outer primary cover really. The tensioner has 2 bolts. I didnt have to use anything to compress it either. Simply assembled the tensioner and inserted it on the clutch side and slid the tensioner assembly forward into position. Then used a screwdriver to lift the tensioner base to line up each bolt hole. Easy peasy

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