Charlie755, on 08 May 2012 - 03:02 PM, said:
Thats it! The timing chain doesnt end up as kinked up as quickly either though I still replace the timing chain every 40hrs when I do a piston just for cheap insurance and to not wear out the crank gear prematurly with a bad chain.
Hey Charlie, this is the kind of stuff that keeps riders informed as well as being an awesome contribution. Thanks for taking the time to show a very critical step that can be done if members value their valve train.
I just reconstructed what you did with a left over case dowel or cylinder to case dowel I should say, because I think those are the thinner gauge ones that I cut down to 7.5mm for the length because 8.5 and 9.5 mm were a tad long for it to be able to click lock into position every single time; but it does without a doubt, work.
The length of the dowel can be temperamental, and I understand your 8.5~9.5mm leeway for the length, because if it doesn't click lock, one can just take the homemade spacer to the grinding wheel and knock off slight increments until it will allow a positive engagement of the locking mechanism.
part number of the dowel that I cut down is: PIN, DOWEL #99530-10116-00 and it slid like a glove just over the worm gear, but yet right inside the shell they already have over the worm gear. Your measurements are spot on and if my old tensioner wasn't worn out, it most definitely would work with the 8.5/ 9.5mm dimensions you gave for the length - I'm certain of it.
What I'm not certain of, is if OEM PIN, DOWEL #93612-16254-00 has the same dimensions as the PIN , DOWEL #99530-10116-00 because the case dowels are a thicker gauge, but may still work - I couldn't find any left over case half dowels.
I just found a case half dowel, and it slid over the worm gear also. Looks like either of the dowels will work, just have to cut them to the right length.
I didn't think that it would be able to click lock into place for removal, but it did, and I commend you for sharing this valuable insider tip that every TT member should know.
Edited by nokickstandsallowed, 08 May 2012 - 08:35 PM.