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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2018, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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prim chain tensioner

Getting ready to install a new Baker Compensator. Which chain tensioner should I use?
Stock (HAVE)
Hayden (HAVE)
Baker armored Attitude adjuster(NEED TO BUY)
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2018, 04:31 PM
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StGhost, I had the Hayden and it was very tight and cut grooves into the shoe.
I have since changed that out for The Baker Armored Tensioner and am very pleased with it. I like the fact that it is adjustable where the Hayden is not.
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I also have the Baker Attitude tensioner and it does great so far. I've had mine on there for about a year and no problems yet.

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Ran A Hayden for 60,000 miles no problems.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 11:46 AM
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There is nothing wrong with the stock tensioner. I have used the Hayden too and to me the chain seemed to be to tight so I put the stock tensioner back in. You really don't want to go with a manual adjuster because you need to remove the entire primary cover just to do a simple adjustment. I have over a 100,000 miles on my bike and most all the miles were with the stock tensioner and I haven't had any issues. I also run the Baker Compensator.
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I'll repeat what ironmark said. There's nothing wrong with the stock tensioner. I just pulled my primary cover at 25,000 miles to check it and there was almost no wear.
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I've also put over 100k forward miles on FLTRI with the same stock pri tensioner and runs fine. simple math will add 3,750 fugitive miles to your bike/yr ..... ex: add idle time of 15min/day for 5 days/week, 1.25 hr/wk x 50wks/yr = 62.5 hr/yr ~ so if you were going 60 mi/hr for 62.5 hrs you'd add 3,750 fugitive (non-forward) miles to your bike/yr not including burnouts
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