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i had this rattling noise coming from the engine. My mechanic said its the cam chain tensioner that needs adjusting. I'm wondering if this is easily adjusted without opening up the engine?
 

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unless it is an aftermarket tensioner it is self adjusting, meaning, that you cannot adjust it.
This is actually a common fault that started with the G series ('98-'99) motor. Kawasaki redesigned the tensioner to stop this problem. It didn't work. Needless to say they went back to the old style.
To cut a long story short. replace it.

Work gets in the way of things you really want to do
 

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ya, i have that problem too. i ride a 98 zx6r. some guy that owns the same bike as me told me that they but in a tensioner from zx9r and it seems to solve the problem. anyways, do you guys know if the 2001 zx6r tensioner will fit in the 98 zx6r??
 
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