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I have heard some discussion about the oil pressure driven chain tensioners on our bikes. Mine is a 2011 ultra with 36000 miles. Is this something i should be replacing at a certain mileage point? Im thinking of doing cams soon so if its an issue id like to replace them. If not then ill keep rollin with what ive got


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I did cams on my 88 inch, the tensioner was shot at 15K miles. If your doing the cams soon I would sure look hard at it.
 

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The older spring tensioners actually got weak and faild. The newer hydraulic ones will wear down the chain guide over time. I seen some one on here take theirs apart at 50k and it still looked good.

if your in there , its always good to check.
 

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I had mine replaced at 30,000 I have the 88CI Had the new set up installed with larger oil pump and bigger cams. The 2011 has the better design than the 88ci but the plastic shit shoes should be checked at about 30,000 miles.
 

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Tensioners was a problem with the older version like in the 88 tc, the "newer version 96tc and 103 tc" are not as much affected. The problem was not so much the were worn but also cracking/breaking from becoming brittle from what I've read.
 

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The problem years were 2000-2006 before the hydraulic cam plate was introduced. One of these weeks I'll check mine with 32k on my 2013.
 

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I just put cams in my 2012 with 20,000 miles and the shoes showed almost no wear.
 

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There should not be a problem with the hydraulic tensioner shoes until you hit 60,000 miles plus. At 60,000 miles they will show wear but you don't need to go out of your way to replace them but if your in the cam chest to do other stuff then inspect and replace them if needed at that time.
It doesn't hurt to put new shoes in if they fit in your budget.
When I swapped out cams last time my shoes showed enough wear that I changed them out.
 

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I had an 05 103 SE engine lucky enough to buy the extended warranty. Only thing original on my engine was the heads after the tensioners went.. MOCO replaced everything for 50 bucks. Took out cases bottom end jugs etc.
 

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The 2007 and newer chain and tensioner design has it's own set of problems too. That being said, a change to a gear drive set-up not only eliminates chain or tensioner issues permanently, it also gives you many more cam options (performance choices), more accurate cam timing, and a whole lot of piece of mind for the future. JMHO.
 

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The 2007 and newer chain and tensioner design has it's own set of problems too. That being said, a change to a gear drive set-up not only eliminates chain or tensioner issues permanently, it also gives you many more cam options (performance choices), more accurate cam timing, and a whole lot of piece of mind for the future. JMHO.
With the 96, 103 & 110 engines having the amount of crank run out that they do the timing gears are a poor choice. HD specs on the crank run out on the 07 and later TC engines is up to .012 of a inch and the timing gears don't work well with crank runout over .004 , so unless you spend a lot of cash on crank work the current timing chain setup is the best choice.
 

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I realize that the runout tolerances have been "relaxed" by the MOCO but many times, if one takes the time and minimal effort to measure the runout, it is well within spec. To then switch to the much superior gear drive system is, in my opinion, a much better option. For those that don't know, HD engines prior to the TC were almost exclusively gear drive and it was only cost and EPA noise regulations which brought about the change in design. So much for progress! I may have a little gear whine in the system I use but to me that whine is assurance of mechanical reliability. And it sounds kinda cool to boot. JMHOhttp://www.roadglide.org/images/icons/icon10.gif
 

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Just got done doing cams in my bike(2012 rg ultra)41,000k.the inside tensioner was spotless,the primary tensioner had wear on it and when I pushed down on the shoe when I had it off,it had very little tension left.I replaced with red shift tensioners and a axtel oil pressure valve and am very happy.if your doing cams anyway,just replace them if needed.the stock primary tensioner is around 40.00 from hd.
 
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