Right cam chain tensioner


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KenWiggers
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Right cam chain tensioner

Postby KenWiggers » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:32 pm



I have picked up a partially disassembled 06 GL1800 which had a right broken cam, and some missing parts. The chain tensioner has also been removed. As I'm reading through my '01-'05 Clymer manual it says, "Because of a frame member, the right cam chain tensioner cannot be replaced with the engine mounted in the frame." Anyone have experience with this on an '06? Has the '06 been slightly modified to allow replacing the tensioner without removing the engine?



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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:26 am

If it helps, download the service manual PDF, the explanation is good
http://www.goldwingworld.com/pdffiles/G ... manual.pdf

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby KenWiggers » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:49 am

Thanks for the tip. The notes & pictures are somewhat different than the Clymer manual. Now I just need to get all the parts together, then dive in. :)

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby wingrider.steve » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:50 pm

Was the engine still in the frame on this '06 bike when you got it?

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby KenWiggers » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:35 pm

Yes, the engine was/is in the frame. The right head had been removed when I bought it. My question arose when I read the Clymer manual. If the Honda manual says the same thing I haven't seen it. Since the tensioner was missing I have no way to test the statement about having to "be out of the frame" until I get the new one.

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby thrasherg » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:24 pm

I don't see why they would have removed the engine from the frame to remove the tensioner and then put the engine back in without the cylinder head!! If the engine is in the frame and the tensioner is missing, I would be willing to bet the tensioner was removed whilst the engine was in the frame and therefore a new one can probably be installed with the engine in the frame!! I'm afraid it's all theory as I have not had to try and remove the tensioner myself!!

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby KenWiggers » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:26 pm

Everything you say makes sense. However, here is a quote from the Clymer GL1800 2001-2005 manual, pg. 105: "The left cam chain tension can be replaced with the engine mounted in the frame. Because of a frame member, the right cam chain tension cannot be replaced with the engine mounted in the frame." I'm ordering parts so hope to have the answer in a 2-3 weeks. I'll post the reality when I get to try it.

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby wingrider.steve » Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:40 am

thrasherg wrote:I don't see why they would have removed the engine from the frame to remove the tensioner and then put the engine back in without the cylinder head!! If the engine is in the frame and the tensioner is missing, I would be willing to bet the tensioner was removed whilst the engine was in the frame and therefore a new one can probably be installed with the engine in the frame!! I'm afraid it's all theory as I have not had to try and remove the tensioner myself!!

Gary


Exactly what I was thinking.
The frame member in question certainly looks less obstructive near the tensioner on my '08 than it did on my '03.

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Re: Right cam chain tensioner

Postby KenWiggers » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:41 pm

Got the new Cam Tensioner and it slipped right in - NO Problem. Either Honda modified the frame at that point, or the Clymer '01-'05 Manual is misleading. Thank's to this comment from Wingrider.Steve the most likely answer is that the frame was modified for '06. Thanks, and Yes I did download the pdf factory manual. The project is coming along. Happy riding.




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