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muttley1
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Camchain tensioner

Post by muttley1 on Thu 11 Oct 2018, 10:22 am

More fun spannering ahead then. My spare cb5 has a fair old camchain tick/rattle that's not going away when I rev the bike, so new tensioner then.

Has anyone done this fix and do I need to make up a little key as per the Haynes manual?

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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by sullivj on Thu 11 Oct 2018, 6:39 pm

Haven't done it myself, but I do know others who've used a small screwdriver instead of the key.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by ANDYC on Thu 11 Oct 2018, 9:02 pm

Buy a manual cct and save yourself the trouble.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by burudis on Thu 11 Oct 2018, 11:14 pm

you need little key, of course.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by Crash- Elmit on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 7:03 am

@ANDYC wrote:Buy a manual cct and save yourself the trouble.


Any info on where to get one from, Andy? it might help get rid of the rattle from mine.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by ANDYC on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 7:13 am

I made mine myself but I have seen them available on eBay. I'll see if I can find a link when I get a moment.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by hh_12345 on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10:30 am

I  was curious as I didn't know abot manual tensioners so took a look at e-bay yesterday, probably this is the thing:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1996-2002-HONDA-CB-500-MANUAL-CAM-CHAIN-TENSIONER-CCT-BLACK/322495436554?hash=item4b1639d70a:g:SogAAOSwSypZAJbp:rk:1🇵🇫0
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by ANDYC on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10:55 am

That's the one.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by Crash- Elmit on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 8:35 pm

Cheers guys as usual  the forum has come up trumps
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by sullivj on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 9:56 pm

I wonder how you set it to the right tension?
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by Crash- Elmit on Sat 13 Oct 2018, 1:41 pm

maybe wind it in finger tight then back it off say 1/4 turn?
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by eternally_troubled on Wed 24 Oct 2018, 11:58 pm

Keep winding it in until the ticking noises stop? :)

More seriously, I believe you do it up until it is engages the tensioner blades/chain and then back it off 1/4 of a turn or so.

The downside of a manual tensioner is that you need to keep an eye/ear on it - as it is not adjusting itself automatically you really don't want the chain to become loose, so you need to at least check it periodically.
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by ANDYC on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 10:03 am

Granted it doesn't adjust itself automatically, but realistically neither does the original one otherwise we wouldn't be having this discussion. 
Your ears will tell you when it needs adjusting. Very Happy
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by skyerae on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 10:09 am

So, so true  Laughing
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by Crash- Elmit on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 8:34 pm

I have a spare automatic cct and I may have a look to see if the spring can be changed for a stronger one
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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by muttley1 on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 8:37 pm

And, solved, for now anyway. Old tech, the tensioner is a spring one so I put a ring spanner close to it and applied a little bit of mallet. Last option before replacement but lo, it lives. No rattling so tensioner must have got stuck. It'll need doing at some point though...

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Re: Camchain tensioner

Post by Beresford on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 9:19 pm

@Crash- Elmit wrote:I have a spare automatic cct and I may have a look to see if the spring can be changed for a stronger one
If you find a suitable material,please let us know. The nearest thing I found was if I remember correctly, 7mm wide clock spring steel strip advertised on ebay.

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