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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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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! :D
 
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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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I have an '06 with about 24,000 miles. Is this something I need to dig into? I went to the CYCO website and they're replacement tensioners only fit up to 2005 even though I though they didn't change the tensioners until 2007?
 

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I have an '06 with about 24,000 miles. Is this something I need to dig into? I went to the CYCO website and they're replacement tensioners only fit up to 2005 even though I though they didn't change the tensioners until 2007?
Cam tensioners were upgraded to the hydraulic style first on the Dynas only in '06, then the rest of the Twin Cams got em in '07.

I just picked up my '04 this past winter with 23,000 on it and I plan on checking / getting mine checked yet this Spring. I think a lot of them go out between 30-40,000 miles but I have heard of guys losing theirs by 15-17,000!:eek: Because of that, I would recommend to at least take a look at them. I plan to eventually upgrade mine when I have the FuelMoto 98" kit installed.
 

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I listened for the tensioners on my 02 dyna,heard the inner making a slight hissing sound at 75k,inner was just touching the metal.So they can last longer.
 

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I have an '06 with about 24,000 miles. Is this something I need to dig into? I went to the CYCO website and they're replacement tensioners only fit up to 2005 even though I though they didn't change the tensioners until 2007?
Unless a previous owner changed them, your motor has the spring loaded tensioners and the Cyco replacement shoe is a much better and cost effective choice if your staying with the spring loaded style. It would be a good idea to take a look at them with your mileage, just to be sure.
 

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I found a small chunk of cam tensioner material in the oil when I changed it this past fall. To start the spring off I have purchased the Screaming Eagle hydrolic cam tensioner kit from MOCO. I will have it installed in a week or two. I do not intend to ride until the old spring tensioners are replaced as my independent mechanic warned me that the old tensioner material can cause a lot of damage if there are chunks floating around the oil.
 

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I would always replace inner and out cam bearings and lifters at the same time as the shoes. It's already apart, replace everything that could cause a potential issue while it's torn down. The other option is a gear drive cam. But double check runout on teh crank as it needs to be .003" or less for gears. Older cranks up to 2002 are the best for gear drive conversion as they are hot forged with a timken left side bearing and have a tendency to be much more true than the newer cranks.

I am not sure what the runout spec is from Harley for the new cranks. Anyone know?
 
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