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Old 05-25-2012, 09:19 PM
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Default Cam chain tensioner on TC88

I saw this on Kendalls website and was wondering if anyone had tried something like it? Same part, just made of better material. These are only like 20 bucks. To install the hydraulic upgrade kit is like $800.


http://www.kendalljohnsoncustoms.com...458&product=29

This is the company that makes them, says $29

http://www.banditmachineworks.com/pd...n_adjuster.pdf

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Those ain't cam chain adjusters those are manual primary chain adjusters.
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Those are just shoes. This is an automatic chain tensioner that doesn't cost $800

http://www.phatperformanceparts.com/...e=M6-TENSIONER
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Ok, so does any body make the shoes that aren't made of the same material that will disintegrate like the oem ones?
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My 03 Road King that I sold to a buddy has over 70 thousand miles and has never had it replaced or has it ever disintrigrated. Must a had yours adjusted to tight.
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"Ok, so does any body make the shoes that aren't made of the same material that will disintegrate like the oem ones?"

I believe the answer to that question is "no".

You either replace the worn tensioners with new ones from HD (which will wear out again), or, you spring for the hydraulic tensioner upgrade.

If you've got tensioners that need replacing, or you're getting up there in miles and you suspect that they might need replacement soon, the best thing for the long-term health of the bike is to bite the bullet and get the hydraulic tensioner upgrade. Just one of those things for which there is no other alternative...
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I think what you're thinking about are the Cyco polyamide tensioner friction insert replacement, here:

http://www.harleydavidsontensioner.com/

I've read that some guys have tried them, but haven't seen any reports of their longevity yet. Too new, only been available for a few months. Theoretically (based on the tech specs of the PA46 nylon) they should be slicker, last longer. But so far, the empirical evidence is a bit thin. I just replaced mine with OEM, or I would try them. Always up for hitch hiking home.
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If you've got tensioners that need replacing, or you're getting up there in miles and you suspect that they might need replacement soon, the best thing for the long-term health of the bike is to bite the bullet and get the hydraulic tensioner upgrade. Just one of those things for which there is no other alternative...[/QUOTE]

Be warned this isn't a complete cure as the Harley up grade still uses the original chain on the inner camm and it's the chains that cause the damage.
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You either replace the worn tensioners with new ones from HD (which will wear out again), or, you spring for the hydraulic tensioner upgrade.

Just one of those things for which there is no other alternative...
Another choice is gear driven cams.
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I dont think those will fit your cam chain......
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