Timing chain tensioners - Road Glide Forums
Tech Area For Tutorials and Instructional Materials

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
BigNorm's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Minden, NV
Posts: 420
Timing chain tensioners

I have heard some discussion about the oil pressure driven chain tensioners on our bikes. Mine is a 2011 ultra with 36000 miles. Is this something i should be replacing at a certain mileage point? Im thinking of doing cams soon so if its an issue id like to replace them. If not then ill keep rollin with what ive got

Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App

2011 Road Glide Ultra, Andrews 57H, VeeTwin Performance street port, Big Sucker Intake, Rhinehart 2/1 w 4" muffler, Power commander V, Paugcho 17" bars, Stock seat recovered with leather, Michelin Comander II 140/80B front, Yokohama Envigor 205/60/16 rear. It's better on the dark side.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
BigNorm is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 05:34 PM
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Phoenix AZ
Posts: 389
I did cams on my 88 inch, the tensioner was shot at 15K miles. If your doing the cams soon I would sure look hard at it.

1982 FLT Virgin unmolested barn find.
1983 FXDG 80th Anniversary AKA Willie G Disc Glide, 10.5 to 1, Andrews B grind, 2002 Fat boy carb, Barnett Clutch, drag pipes.
2003 FLTSCI Black and Silver converted with Motor Trike Kit plus HD tour pak, 88 inch, HD 204 Cam, Vance & Hines mid shots.
AzHogRider is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 06:27 PM
Life Member
Big_gary's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: GA.
Posts: 7,976
The older spring tensioners actually got weak and faild. The newer hydraulic ones will wear down the chain guide over time. I seen some one on here take theirs apart at 50k and it still looked good.

if your in there , its always good to check.

2010 FLTRX , Stage 1, 13" Madstad, Mono tubes, SuperShox, Heritage style bars. Alpine CDE-HD149BT,Soundstream Picasso Nano Series PN4.520 , 5X7 and 6.5 Infinity Kappa speakers
If I have to explain ,you wouldn't under stand anyway.
Big_gary is offline  
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-15-2015, 08:51 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Mn.
Posts: 16
I had mine replaced at 30,000 I have the 88CI Had the new set up installed with larger oil pump and bigger cams. The 2011 has the better design than the 88ci but the plastic shit shoes should be checked at about 30,000 miles.
The Grey Shark is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 06:30 AM
2stangs8689's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Lockport, NY
Posts: 257
I just checked mine at 40k, and barely any wear, on my 2011. Good for piece of mind anyways.
2stangs8689 is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 06:48 AM
kouack's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Montréal, Canada.
Posts: 211
Tensioners was a problem with the older version like in the 88 tc, the "newer version 96tc and 103 tc" are not as much affected. The problem was not so much the were worn but also cracking/breaking from becoming brittle from what I've read.

Road glide custom 2013, Stage one AC from FM, E serie fuel moto 2 into 1, PC5 with autune,Andrews 57 stick.
kouack is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 06:57 AM
Life Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Los Angeles CA
Posts: 3,115
The problem years were 2000-2006 before the hydraulic cam plate was introduced. One of these weeks I'll check mine with 32k on my 2013.
HogPro is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 03:18 PM
Life Member
sj01fltri's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Dayton ohio
Posts: 2,001
I just put cams in my 2012 with 20,000 miles and the shoes showed almost no wear.

2012 RG Vivid Black,contrast Anarchy wheels,SE air cleaner,cobra tuner,Thunderheader ,diamond cut heads and clys,Fueling Reaper 574 cams,this is just a starting point.
sj01fltri is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-17-2015, 10:18 AM
Life Member
ironmark's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 6,519
There should not be a problem with the hydraulic tensioner shoes until you hit 60,000 miles plus. At 60,000 miles they will show wear but you don't need to go out of your way to replace them but if your in the cam chest to do other stuff then inspect and replace them if needed at that time.
It doesn't hurt to put new shoes in if they fit in your budget.
When I swapped out cams last time my shoes showed enough wear that I changed them out.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
08 FLTR candy red sunglo,with 2015 103 HO, V&H Dresser Duals with Monster Rounds, Power Vision tuner, Willy Shiny Wheels and Forks and a bunch of other stuff.
ironmark is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 10:54 AM
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 214
I had an 05 103 SE engine lucky enough to buy the extended warranty. Only thing original on my engine was the heads after the tensioners went.. MOCO replaced everything for 50 bucks. Took out cases bottom end jugs etc.
sputnik likes this.
Shadow1 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cam Chain tensioners justincollins Engine Related 16 04-09-2014 09:36 AM
chain tensioners? brightonman Engine Related 9 03-11-2013 05:55 PM
TC 88 Cam chain tensioners after 12,300 miles prince *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 5 03-19-2012 09:32 AM
Cam chain tensioners hotrodad Troubleshooting for Road Glides 10 02-09-2011 01:03 PM
Cam Chain Tensioners Ranger58 Troubleshooting for Road Glides 12 09-10-2010 10:03 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome