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Offline CraigA

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Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:37:55 PM »
With all of the threads and talk about noisy rattling coming from our bikes on start up related to the OEM cam chain tensioner, owners having the OEM tensioner replaced under warranty multiple times and the fact that this model is now 3 years old and in most markets the 2014 bikes are well and truly out of warranty, I'm wondering if anyone has gone down the manual chain tensioner route?

I am considering doing so and so was wondering, if you have gone this way, which one did you decide to go with?

The most well known is the APE tensioner but I have found other options in Southern California Motowerks and slingshot racing.

http://www.aperaceparts.com/bmw.html
http://www.southerncaliforniamotowerks.com/store/p23/S1000R.html
http://www.slingshotracing.net/catalog/bmw-s1000rrs1000r-engine-cam-chain-tensioner-adjuster-tool-p-355.html

There could be others too but not aware of them.

Any feedback around your experiences with manual cam chain tensioners would be great!


« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 12:43:32 PM by CraigA »

Offline Aussie nick

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 01:35:52 AM »
I'm fitting one on my bike ( 16 model ) ape Manual cam tensioner bt1000pro ..
I've bought 2 by mistake and should have them any day now from the USA.

Can't wait to fit it and be gone with the cold start rattle that often occurs.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2017, 01:40:16 AM by Aussie nick »

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 09:15:12 PM »
I fitted a manual cam chain tensioner yesterday myself , the rattles are history .
Very quite engine now :)
« Last Edit: March 30, 2017, 09:18:50 PM by Aussie nick »

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 12:50:52 AM »
Great news that it all went well Nick.

I have to admit that I saw the video of you starting it up for the first time actually!  :046:

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2018, 12:47:46 AM »
Hey Aussie Nick, I'm thinking about doing this to my 2016 with 32K km on it.  Don't suppose you still have that 2nd one you bought handy?  How's the tensioner held up since you put it in.

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2018, 01:10:30 AM »
*Originally Posted by paulmac272 [+]
Hey Aussie Nick, I'm thinking about doing this to my 2016 with 32K km on it.  Don't suppose you still have that 2nd one you bought handy?  How's the tensioner held up since you put it in.

No sorry. I sold the 2nd one longtime ago to a bloke in qld.

Mines been problem free since fitting it. I've never had to touch it since . No rattles period  :152:
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 01:14:16 AM by Aussie nick »

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2018, 02:15:48 AM »
Thanks mate, think I might go order one.

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2018, 11:56:33 AM »
Just to add to this thread, I have now had a Socal Motowerks manual cam chain tensioner fitted to my bike for around 16,000klm.

As Nick has said, the engine now has a much quieter valve train than it had prior to the change.

No regrets. If you are having doubts about those start up rattles, just do it!
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 11:57:26 AM by CraigA »

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2018, 10:36:56 PM »
Glad your manual chain tensioner is working well for you! And you say you've ridden 16000 k's with it installed and no problems? That's great news. Thanks for reporting  :460:
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 10:38:16 PM by windyrun »

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Re: Manual cam chain tensioner anyone?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2018, 12:04:16 AM »
Yep, 16000klm and counting. Thats 10,000 miles for those of you using imperial measurement! :152:
I  installed it in 2000klm before the 30,000klm major service using Socalmotowerks installation youtube video as a guide.
The tech noted that it had an aftermarket tensioner in it and commented that the chain tension was perfect when i had the major service done 2000klm later.

It has transformed the bike. I used to think of this bike as a ticking time bomb with all the rattling on start up, where as since doing this, it simply doesn't cross my mind any more.


 


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