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Adjustment of a Manual Cam Chain tensioner
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Adjustment of a Manual Cam Chain tensioner - March 20, 2010, 12:27 AM


Well I am first time rider and I own a 99 GSXR 600 SRAD. When I bought the bike I heard a rattle, Then I recently got it inspected and the mechanic at the shop told me that I needed a new cam chain tensioner because 96-00 gsxr have a bad stock tensioner and mines needed to be replaced. He said I could still ride it but I should get it replaced within a month. I did some reading and found that its very common and easy to install,..

I follow a "How to" from google and decided to save myself 150$ that he was gonna charge me. I bought it from online from APE for about 50.

No I installed it. In the "How to" it said that you should finger tighten the tensioner until you feel the chain, then bring it back slightly. Well I did that. i locked it in position and gave it a go. Bike started fine and I rode it for about 20 min no problem what so ever.

I just wanted to ask what your guys opinion is? how to u know you hit the sweet spot for the tensioner, I just dont want it to be too tight or too loose..
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March 20, 2010, 01:17 AM

Originally Posted by truekid View Post
finger tighten the tensioner until you feel the chain, then bring it back slightly.
This was always my understanding on how to properly adjust them too.
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March 20, 2010, 01:29 AM

go to gixxer.com and look in the 96-99 gsxr forum section. Everything you need to know is there...in a sticky thread so you don't have to search and find it. You can also post and get tons of help - way more than you will get on here.

the stock tensioners are a POS and u went with the right one from APE.
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