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Is there still a cam tensioner issue

Is there still a cam tensioner issue on the newer bikes? Since the change to the hydraulic tensioners what is the life expectancy? Sorry if this has been asked and answered.

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I read in a thread its around 50 K But other said they had more miles with no problem.

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The ones that I see with the most wear are the ones that have alot of crank run out, say .005 to .0075. The other thing I see with OEM parts is the cam plate gets cracks in them, and again I think this is also caused by to much run out.
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Not exactly sure of life expectancy, some people report going 70k on the new hydraulic tensioners. The inner tensioner usually wears a little faster. In the pic below these tensioners have right at 30k on them. As you can see, very little wear. This may not exactly answer your question but, it may give you some idea of what to expect.



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I read in a thread its around 50 K But other said they had more miles with no problem.
I've read the same as well, but figure that anytime that side of the engine gets opened up I'll replace them. Cams for me next winter so they'll be replaced.


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Just had replace my main drive gear bearing due to a tensioner that kept the primary chain too tight on a 2010 RGC at 29,000 miles. Compensator was knocking on startup so replaced it with a Screamin Eagle compensator, Baker adjustable tensioner along with bearing. Bad design in my opinion on the tensioner, but that's the MOCO for you.
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I replaced mine, simply because I was in there. At nearly 25k miles, they basically just had shiny spots worn on them, that could barely be detected with a fingernail. My pinion run out was .003".

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Has anybody consider going to gears and end the worries? The thread I read actually said they will fail do to pressure problems rather than wear limits.
Like I said this is only something I read and have not experienced it or heard from anybody I know.

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I put a set of cams in a 08 Street Glide with 51 k on the clock. The inner had no wear and the outer had minimal. Barely enough to feel with a fingernail.
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Has anybody consider going to gears and end the worries? The thread I read actually said they will fail do to pressure problems rather than wear limits.
Like I said this is only something I read and have not experienced it or heard from anybody I know.
Never heard of this and have not found any problems related to pressure, but it may be a possibility if oil pressure was excessive. Gears are a great way to go if the crank run out will allow, but far too often it won't.


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