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Yeah, that is what I'm afraid of, but I think it needs to happen. I'm supposed to be riding to the keys memorial day weekend, so I'm trying to get this sorted out.As far as not taking the jugs off. I read that when you relieve tension from the head studs that it can disrupt the lower jug gasket. Is that just a worst case scenario?
The head studs have nothing to do with the cam chain tensioner.
When you did not get the results you wanted you then said you tried it with the engine running.You ran the risk of the cam chain getting very loose and jumping a tooth or more and possibly destroying the engine!!!I do not know that model extensively but what I would do is do the adjustment exactly as the book says!!!!You said when you did do it as it was supposed to be done, it did get quieter.Sounds like it did what it was supposed to.Do you think the engine is supposed to be absolutely quiet?What if the cam chain is worn then of course the adjuster can only take out so much slack.The head studs have nothing to do with the cam chain tensioner.
Which manual are you referring to when you make the adjustment? I ask this because the Clymer tells me to adjust at 15 degrees like you said but the Honda manual says at TDC for my 750.Mine was noisy at 15 degrees so I went with the Honda recommended adjustment at TDC and quiet from then on.
I removed the head on mine in the view to inspecting the rings/pistons. The cylinders would not budge so I reassembled it.
Try it at TDC before tearing apart the engine if the Honda manual says that, the Clymer manual is wrong about a few things.
If you can turn the tensioner screw more than a half a turn I think the tensioner is toast. Good luck with it.
Quote from: LesterPiglet on May 02, 2012, 11:51:16 AMI removed the head on mine in the view to inspecting the rings/pistons. The cylinders would not budge so I reassembled it. Count yourself lucky. Usually removing the head will loosen the jugs and cause leaks between the jugs and the case.
I replaced mine without removing or lifting the cylinders.