Re: APE manual tensioner help please
well anything can fail i guess, manuel or automatic.
i just look at it like this 1. you cant put to much pressure on the chain with auto tensioner. 2 you don't have to maintenance the auto tensioner.
if the auto tensioner does fail the chain will become loose over time and you will start to hear the "ticking" cam chain noise.
if the manual tensioner needs to be adjusted your going to still know its time by the same ticking noise. but instead of replacing the auto tensioner.( maybe once, ever in the race case) every time the manual tensioner becomes loose you have to get your hands in there and to me the easiest way is lift the tank and air box. and i don't know about you but i don't like taking my tank off any more then i have too.
again this is just my opinion and not to thread jack. but remove the auto tensioner and go ahead and put your manuel one in. you'll be fine with out removing the valve cover like i said.