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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ape manual cam chain tensioner install help

I went to install the APE manual cam chain tensioner today but i ran into a little problem. I was following the how to guide on this forum step by step and i also looked at the motor diagrams, but when I removed the original cam chain tensioner a spring with a small metal bar in the center of it jumped out after the tensioner came out. the spring appears to be what was used to put tension on the plate that guides the cam chain. Is this spring meant to be used with the manual cam chain tensioner or do i remove it? Ive looked at alot of threads on this install but none of them reference a spring with a small metal bar inside of it.

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remove it. thats the "auto" part of the OE one.
the Ape will replace that.



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how pain staking and labor intensive has it been thus far? I ordered mine yesterday.

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how pain staking and labor intensive has it been thus far? I ordered mine yesterday.
They really aren't that bad. IMO its more of a pain to take fairings off. The tensioner itself has the center bolt that holds in the spring, and the two bolts that go into the engine. After that you just bolt in the new one and set the tension. After having worked on various machines, many with automatic tensioners, I still prefer a well adjusted manual.
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