6th Gen Cam Chain Questions

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  1. Aced It

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    That is my thinking, thus doing the deed. :)
     
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    Sorry I didn't update sooner. After performing a leak-down test, I found that no valves were damaged. But I was hit with two mishaps that slowed my progress on this. First, when I ordered the timing chains they were on Honda America back-order (so the dealership said; but who knows). Didn't take too long though, only about 10 days. Second, USPS screwed up and shipped them to Michigan - from Georgia, and I'm in south Florida. Bah, damn the bad luck; another week.

    In any event, I found the timing chains to be stretched (big news there, right?). At almost 70,000 miles it's pretty much to be expected. Installation was time consuming, but pretty straight forward. And let me tell you, timing is absolutely spot-on now. In fact, I was so excited I forgot to post the glorious post-aligment of the rear gears, lol! Also installed a manual chain tensioner on the front jug since it wasn't changed out like the rear. Believe me, the lock nuts are locked down. :)

    Anyway, the bike is purring now and I'm super stoked to have rode into work again, especially with this fantastic south FL weather - 58deg morning, high of 72deg today, no precipitation. Even upgraded my windscreen as a gift to myself for the wait.

    PS - I spec-checked everything I could think of while in there, from clutch discs to starter springs, etc. Why not. Topped her off with a fresh oil change.

    Thanks Terry for keeping my spirits up and providing good info! :)

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    Well that was a mighty fine effort, sir. Glad to have been of assistance (moral support at the least). Sort of makes me want to get new chains for my VTR now, the procedure would be the same except the front chain is on the opposite side of the crank so the generator needs to be removed for that one. My VTR runs well enough, although compared to the V4 it is a much more mechanical-sounding engine (or possibly agricultural...) and my one has an annoying clutch rattle due to slop in the dampening springs. However for the bike's resale value there is no merit in throwing more money a it.



    I'm curious whether you saw much wear in the cam chain guides that the tensioner bears on?
     
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    Nope. The guides looked fine so I did not replace.
     
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    Good to know, thanks.
     
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    I'll be changing the clutch discs and may be the cam chain tensioners. This thread, no doubt will come in handy.
    Thank you all.
     
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    This is great news a, diagnosed correctly and b, fixed. The satisfaction of getting your bike running again knowing it was you who fixed it is a great feeling. Job well done
     
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