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Old 02-02-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Manual Cam Chain Tensioners

Why are these newer bikes needing these?

Is it just a ploy to sell the aftermarket parts?

I have a hard time believing all of these modern designs requiring the antiquated manual adjustment.

My DR650SE went over 80,000 miles without needing a cam chain, guides, or MCCT.

What gives?
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Instead of taking the time to sort out the carb. to get a smooth idel, the cam chain gets the blame and in with a manual tensioner.
See the Husky 610 cam chain debacle.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Some people equate chain noise with a fault.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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The KTM hydraulic version was a failure.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Previous generation of Harley TwinCam motor had auto adjusters that were too highly sprung which wore out the tensioners until they grenaded into the motor... Still took 30k or so but sucked when it happened.

BMW auto adjuster failed leaving me with a really noisy motor but it still functioned.

Auto is nice but not without its problems.
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