Valve clearance & chain tensioner??
It's about time to get ready for the riding season.
My buddy who was an yamaha technician went for a ride at the end of last year and said that he thinks my valve clearances are out.
Since I bought it used and it's now at 50000km, I figure I should definitely open her up to see what it needs.
I'm a car mechanic btw.
I also hear that the cam chain tensioners like to fail on these bikes..... I have definitely felt more vibration and noise over the past year and a half I've owned it.
First, How do I check the condition of my tensioner.
Second, if I decide to replace it, should I go with another Honda tensioner or a manual one? Pros/cons?
Third, if I have to replace the valve shims, I'd have to remove the cams.... So do I just time the engine, remove the tensioner, loosen the cams, replace shims as nessisary, torque up the cams, and reinstall tensioner?