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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2006, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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APE manual tensioner for the F2

when I bought the bike, I got an APE manual tensioner in the package along with the bike, I guess I'm hesitant to swap it in since I dont know how tight to set the tension on it. anyone know whether the APE manual tensioner is better, or no? I dont want to just stick parts in if I dont know how good they are.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2006, 10:21 PM
 
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I changed out 2 factory "automatic" CCT's within 10K miles under warranty on my F4i. I put a manual CCT lifter in about 10K ago and have had no issues...not even had to adjust it...the manual is the way to go.

If you look on the back of the package, it gives detailed instructions on install.

The instructions will tell you to adjust the lifter down until you "feel" it contact the chain. On my bike i had to remove the cover from the top of the cams so I could see the lifter touch the chain, because I couldn't "feel" it after 3 attempts. overtighten the lifter and it presses too hard against the chain and will cause premature wear...you will know immediately if it is too tight, because when you get the bike back together, when you ride it, you will hear this high pitched whine like a turbo on a jet or 'copter...(please don't ask how I know this... )

It is a pretty simple repair, if you have easy access to the lifter...On my bike, I had to lift the tank, remove the airbox and throttle bodies to get to it, as they tuck it away behind the frame. I can reach it to adjust it from the outside...I probably could have removed the old one...but I would have never got the bolts into the new one.

If you aren't having a problem with your CCT yet...don't mess with it until you do...
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If it aint broke. Don't fix it. I used the APE (I think. Cant remember for sure) on both my F2 and F3. Never had any more problems afterwards.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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I put it in today, real simple to install really. I had the timing chain cover off so I could see EXACTLY what I was doing and how tight the chain was, easier to see what you're doing and do it the hard way than cost big bucks later for new chain.

all it was is two bolts come out of the old tensioner, old unit comes out, new tensioner goes in, bolts get tightened to spec, you set the cam chain tension, and tighten the locking nut down, DONE. I mean that wasnt hard at all to do.

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And say by by to CCT problems.

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