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954 camshaft removal
Recently, I posted a question about unloading the cam chain tensioner on a 954. I had the official Honda tool (07ZMG-MCAA400) intended for that purpose, but lacked success in getting it to turn. The local dealer had the same result, although the mechanic did say that he never uses the official tool. Instead, he prefers a long thin screwdriver.
Unless a screwdriver is particularly flexible, I donít see any way to get it into the tensioner body.
Removal of the tensioner is not without its own problems, because the upper 8mm bolt is pretty much inaccessible.
With the 954 on a rear track stand, I removed the muffler, loosened the rear hanger bolt, removed the four forward hanger bolts, and lowered the motor about two inches using a jack under the oil
pan. The tensioner was then easily accessible. By unbolting the radiator, the cylinder head cover could be removed from the front; much easier than up through the frame. I also think the additional two inches of clearance helped when I removed the cams.