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Recently finished shimming the valves (3 weeks ago). The ticking noise never went away, it only got slightly louder. I'm debating if I should re-shim or not. However, I'd like to adjust my tensioner first w/o taking everything apart.

1. What is the correct way of adjusting the CCT? When I first did it, I had the tensioner 5 clicks out from fully in. This was done by first unscrewing the smaller bolts and then the big center bolt.

2. Does the ticking refer to a loose or tight chain?

3. Should my tensioner go up or down in length to compensate for the ticking?

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Which CCT are you using?

Loose.

The visible length should be shorter to compensate.
 

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http://www.kawiforums.com/how-tos-faqs/178810-common-questions-long-winded-answers.html#post2454575

Ticking isn't a bad thing per se. It's not your valves ticking but your timing chain. And unlike OHV style engines you don't adjust your valves when you start to hear valves ticking. It's the other way around. Your valve lash DECREASES in time so essentially your valves will stop making noise. If you go too long the lash decreases to zero and you overheat valves and/or break them. So when you reshim your valves they should make a little more noise than before especially while the engine is warming up...

And if you read my link it's caused from too loose of a CCT. It's between clicks so there is slack in the timing chain. You have to be careful though if you manually adjust your CCT as too tight of a timing chain is a BAD thing. Unless you go to a manual CCT I wouldn't worry about the ticking.
 

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Just force it as tight as it will go and you'll never have to adjust it again.
 

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@ 03black636: The CCT is stock, as far as I know. It has to be.

@Vex: Your thread was helpful, perhaps even saved me a trip to homedept to get some washers. I will probably order a manual CCT, but for time being, how to I adjust my stock CCT? It would help if you can elaborate the procedure. I may not even need to adjust it if ticking is a common thing after valve adjustment. But it doesn't hurt to double check.
 

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If it isn't loud enough to hear above idle save the time and just wait until you get the manual one...

You can extend it too far to be usable if you aren't careful. If you search on the board I know the topic has been covered a few times.
 

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I can hear it above idle. I can also hear hit while reving upto 4K standing still. Also, how much do you tighten the manual cct?
 

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cheapest manual cct on fleebay is $50!!! Unless it's made out of enriched Uranium, I'm not buying it. So now, how do I adjust the stock tensioner and will I be able to know if the chain is too tight or loose?
 

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Search the board, it's been done and covered many times.

Kawasaki Cam Chain Tensioners

I'd buy one, it isn't worth the hassle on the stock unit.
 

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Look up user "whitehendrix" in his signature he has a link to all things "how to".
basically you loosen both 8mm bolts that fasten the tensioner to the engine very slowly until you hear a click then retighten. that click you hear is the tensioner moving out to the next adjustment tooth.
 

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You have to be careful though if you manually adjust your CCT as too tight of a timing chain is a BAD thing. Unless you go to a manual CCT I wouldn't worry about the ticking.

Can any of you guys help me manually adjust my self-adjusting adjuster ??
 

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Didn't you read "acidburns" post right before yours?? I am not advocating this procedure-I think if your self tensioner will no longer self tension you should replace it, but.............

Here is his post--


"Look up user "whitehendrix" in his signature he has a link to all things "how to".
basically you loosen both 8mm bolts that fasten the tensioner to the engine very slowly until you hear a click then retighten. that click you hear is the tensioner moving out to the next adjustment tooth. "
 

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Didn't you read "acidburns" post right before yours?? I am not advocating this procedure-I think if your self tensioner will no longer self tension you should replace it, but.............

Here is his post--


"Look up user "whitehendrix" in his signature he has a link to all things "how to".
basically you loosen both 8mm bolts that fasten the tensioner to the engine very slowly until you hear a click then retighten. that click you
hear is the tensioner moving out to the next adjustment tooth. "
:rolleyes:
 
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