Tensioner pulley change


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gfrench5@hotmail.com
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Tensioner pulley change

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Hi guys, Thanks for all the previous help, as things move forward I have the new cam belts, also bought new tensioner pulleys I plan on installing. But really, I have 45,000 miles on this bike and the original pulleys seem perfectly good, no play or noise. At what point do these wear? Has anyone had a tensioner pulley fail? I will probably make the change but I'm curious as to failure rate and your mileage at failure and opinion? Thanks in advance Glen French


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Fred Camper
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Re: Tensioner pulley change

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Not a common failure, they seem to be a pretty stout design. But on an interference engine, some caution is a good idea. Usually that just means a belt change.
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Thanks for the info, Fred. Very much appreciated, Regards Glen
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Re: Tensioner pulley change

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gfrench5@hotmail.com wrote: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:16 pm Hi guys, Thanks for all the previous help, as things move forward I have the new cam belts, also bought new tensioner pulleys I plan on installing. But really, I have 45,000 miles on this bike and the original pulleys seem perfectly good, no play or noise. At what point do these wear? Has anyone had a tensioner pulley fail? I will probably make the change but I'm curious as to failure rate and your mileage at failure and opinion? Thanks in advance Glen French
I changed mine at 80,000 miles. I removed them to examine them, when I changed the belts and although there was no play in them, they seemed to spin a bit too freely and felt very slightly gritty. I modified the backplates and fitted the Hyundai tensioners. Cost £15 each instead of £70 each from David Silver Spares and they work perfectly.

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Re: Tensioner pulley change

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Generally they start to whine when they are really bad..well before they can do any real damage to teh belts. But as long as you are there and $$ is not an issue..change them???


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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