i do believe these are your statements daveL ......so let me get this straight , you prefer manual tensioners now..........seems to me you can't decide on which BS to fling around .........one minute you're ranting about auto adjust tensioners and the next ....manual tensioners , :crackupDaveL said:
Now you're back-peddling a bit there Wishbone. You said 'all' high performance bikes, not the everyday cruiser. Every factory 'high performance' sportbike such as the ZX-10, ZX-12, ZX-14, Hayabusa, GSX-R1000, R1, etc all come equipped with manual adjusters. Can you figure out why? Why isn't the far less expensive manual adjuster standard fare if it's better, as you claim? The reason is that the manual adjuster is much better for the overwhelming majority of bikes. I have 165,000 miles on my 96 ZX-11. I built the motor at 50,000 to deliver just over 170 HP. I elected to keep the manual adjuster because of its obvious advantages. The manual adjuster works just fine. Maybe the engineers know what their doing. Ya think? Lets be clear for the readers. The only applications for manual adjusters are modified bikes with exaggerated valve spring rates and cam profiles that greatly extend the requirements. If pushed to the limits many things must be altered. A little bit of knowledge is a dangereous thing. If everyone took your advice the engine builders would be forever grateful.
Sorry there Wishbone, but no cigar. As I said earlier, an automatic is the best way to go on most bikes. That's why all bikes come with 'automatic' adjusters, not manual ones. Most bikes did, some years ago, come standard with manual adjusters. Unfortunately few riders ever maintained them properly if at all. I rarely see problems with automatic adjusters today but routinely see severely screwed up cam chain systems directly resulting from improperly adjusted manual systems. Don't get me wrong I install manual chain guides on the monster motors we build and for good reason. But your statement is way out of line when you attempt to apply it to every bike out there. If all bikes had them there would be chain of cam chain repair shops springing up all over the place. We don’t want to be giving everybody bad advice.
After adjusting the cct this way I would recommend taking off the valve cover to make sure you have the right amount of chain deflection between the gears.Silver&BlackAttack said:
No problems from me. I installed a manual APE brand CCT and my Honda runs great. I did the same thing as Bmblebee. I installed it kinda on the tight side so there was a "whine" present, but i then backed it off until all the whine went away.