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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-06-2016, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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are my tensioners worn?

i'm sorry this is my first post, I've been lurking for a long time and then signed up.

I've searched and searched and haven't come up with an exact answer or picture looking like mine and with the week I'm having with family member dying, dads car breaking the day he got it, my bicycle breaking, id rather have a second opinion on this !!!

if i replace them I'm going to replace them with normal spring tensioner shoes. I've spent a lot of money on this bike since i bought it in november and can't swing the extra cash this season for upgraded.

its a 2004 with 34k miles that was 100% stock until i bought it.
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The new spring style tensioners have a teflon wear pad that lasts much better than that bake-o-lite pad you now have or the pads can be bought separately on ebay and you reuse your existing spring tensioner assembly


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Yeah I've seen some good upgrades.

Do mine look worn though?
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That pad needs to be replaced
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Yeah I've seen some good upgrades.

Do mine look worn though?
Yes. They need replaced!
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Replace, However...

They should be replaced, but for 34k they look pretty good.
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i didn't realize the headache it is to replace the tensioners. how bad those look? RI riding seasons don't last that long. think they've got another 5,000 in them and i can do cams and everything next winter?
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i didn't realize what a headache it is to replace them. i didn't even think about the cams being pulled and stuff.


how bad are those? they have another 5,000 in them you think? id rather replace them next winter and save up for some cams and stuff.
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Usually the back cam pads are the ones that wear faster. I would say, you will be surprised when you pull the cam plate and see it.

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Get the new Screaming Eagle upgrade with oil pump system, they use hydraulic tensioner better shoes material and chain less wear on tensioners. HD dealers use to have the OE and upgrade system setup on a display with a hand crank way less friction on the upgrade kit.
I did the upgrade on my 04 RK at 35 k miles no issues after.


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