Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
You have to use a big screwdriver or something to push the chain tensioner down. It does not move fast, and you have to hold the pressure on it for a little while until the oil bleeds out of the tensioner and allows it to move down.
Anything that is about 1/8"-3MM in size that will fit through the hole will work, I used a tool I made that looks like the BMW tool, out of 1/8" stainless steel rod. Picture attached.
The tensioner has to be down far enough to allow the tool to slip in past a groove in the tensioner piston, so that when the chain sprockets are removed from the cams the spring in the tensioner piston does not push the tensioner out, as that would make putting the sprockets back on very difficult.
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EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.
Last edited by dshealey; May 6th, 2006 at 11:18 pm.