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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Cam Chain tensioners

What are the steps to check the chain tensioners on my 05. Thanks

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The camchest cover has to come off which usually means the floorboard and front exhaust pipe have to be removed to get it off. Once the cover is off the front tensioner is visible for inspection. To see the rear you need an inspection mirror and bright light. You can remove the cam plate but that involves a whole lot more work. Normally the rear will be worn worse than the front ,so if there is much wear showing on the front you can count on the rear having more. In my personal experience on 2 different Dyna's, I had to replace tensioners after 25K on one and after 35K on the other. The first was a 2000 model and the second was a 2005 model.


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i think you can upgrade to the new tensioner

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Will any fluids need drained while doing this and will I need new seals for the header pipes

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I really dont want to put alot of money into it due to the fact of it being for sale lol

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I really dont want to put alot of money into it due to the fact of it being for sale lol
when mine in my 02 dyna went,I knew by listening by the cam cover.Even with the T-header,I could hear a slight hissing coming from it at idle,and sure enough the inner was just starting to touch the metal.

by the way,how many miles are on it? guess I got lucky,my originals went 75k,I just got a gasket and shoes off ebay,found some new in the wrapper for 75 bucks for the pair.they go for 65 each from the dealer.


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Will any fluids need drained while doing this and will I need new seals for the header pipes
I just checked mine... had it leaned on jiffy stand and only lost about 4 ounces. If you put 2X4's under the tires and lean it on the stand, you probably won't lose any oil at all. As far as gaskets, some say they use the old exhaust gaskets several times with no problems... I replaced mine. I also replaced the cam chest gasket... cheap insurance against leaks. My tensioner shoes were fine with 30,000 on the clock!

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remember,when checking tesioners,the wear you can see is not the whole story.if the chains were removed so the whole shoe can be seen,the tensioners tent to pit,with the debris being the oil pump/cam plate killer.theres damage being done in the motor WAY before any real wear can be seen in a simple inspection.go with a gear drive or a hyd upgrade
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I was on my last day in Sturgis when the cam shoes got noisy on my '02 Road King a few years ago. I had trailered the bike to Sturgis so I loaded it up and took it back to the dealer. It had 50,000 miles on it. I replaced the cam chain tensioners with the same spring loaded shoes. The cost was minimal at the time.

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40k on mine...............

Just got into this over the last weekend. I read up a bit on this deal and cracked open the cam box. My tensioners were maybe down about 1/10th of the pad? If even. But, with that said I'm a slow poke 2001 is my model year.

I started the tear down with first having the cam tensioner jig and new pads from whatever place?? I'll look at the reciepe when I get home and update the thread.

I also read that I would need a bunch of tools to do the job? Being the stubborn SOB the spousal unit says I am I proceeded to do the entire job without any special order tools. That is aside from the jig I bought with the new pads. There seems to be a lot of discussion around the inner tensioner and getting it off and on. Not a big deal for me. I left the cams on and relieved the pressure until it rested on the cam, from there I just took it off. Cams came out after about 1/2 hour in the freezer as you do need to take them out if you ever expect to get the inner tensioner back on.

So far the total cost is about 25 bucks for a gasket kit, 25 for the jig, and a coupla bucks for the new pads.

Like I said, I'll add to the post once I get home to the shop and look a the manufacture of the jig/pads.

So just a quick update....I purchased my jig, pads and gasket set from a place called CYCO GASKETS... great place to do business with.

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