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NOT servicing the cam chain tensioners

I've got 17000 miles on my '99 SV650S and I've never had a valve adjustment or cam chain tensioner adjustment. The bike runs fine, as far as I can tell. I've replaced the brakes, redone the forks, replaced the sprockets and chain, replaced the plugs, jetted the carb, replaced tires and the oil is changed regularly so it's not like I completely abuse it.

Am I on borrowed time or should I stop riding and have this done immediately?
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I've got 17000 miles on my '99 SV650S and I've never had a valve adjustment or cam chain tensioner adjustment. The bike runs fine, as far as I can tell. I've replaced the brakes, redone the forks, replaced the sprockets and chain, replaced the plugs, jetted the carb, replaced tires and the oil is changed regularly so it's not like I completely abuse it.

Am I on borrowed time or should I stop riding and have this done immediately?
I had 19k+ on my 00 SV650 and never had the cam chain tensioner adjusted and there wasn't any problems. Also I took the bike in to have the valves looked at and adjusted, however when the tech took it apart he said there was SO LITTLE wear he didn't even have a shim that could possibably fit it. So therefore the valves were fine.
All in all the top end of the engine was perfectly fine with all those hard miles on it. Turns out my problem was too many wheelies, starving the front cylinder and throwing a rod bearing and scoring the crankshaft.
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my motor is getting a little noisy. (mechanically) The manual cam chain tensioner is an up coming mod for me. I hope im not on borrowed time either.
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I had 19k+ on my 00 SV650 and never had the cam chain tensioner adjusted and there wasn't any problems. Also I took the bike in to have the valves looked at and adjusted, however when the tech took it apart he said there was SO LITTLE wear he didn't even have a shim that could possibably fit it. So therefore the valves were fine.
All in all the top end of the engine was perfectly fine with all those hard miles on it. Turns out my problem was too many wheelies, starving the front cylinder and throwing a rod bearing and scoring the crankshaft.

Well that's somewhat reassuring. I don't ride too hard () but I should probably have it checked.
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Well that's somewhat reassuring. I don't ride too hard () but I should probably have it checked.
It wouldn't be a bad idea, however be prepared to hear there is nothing wrong with them.
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Its called PREVENATIVE maintance!

I wouldn't say STOP riding... just sked the time to either have it done or do it on the w/e in the coming month or so.




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Its called PREVENATIVE maintance!

I wouldn't say STOP riding... just sked the time to either have it done or do it on the w/e in the coming month or so.
If you don't hear it. I wouldn't worry to much but it is time for a checkup.

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Anyone know about what a shop charges to adjust it?



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Anyone know about what a shop charges to adjust it?
Shouldn't be more than 1 hour shop rate for most bikes.

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Anyone know about what a shop charges to adjust it?
I think it was almost $200-$300.
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It helps if your bike is naked like most the SVs....
Well mine isn't but...it takes me about 5 minutes to get the fairings off.



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