Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
Could be. The tensioner lifter (plunger) should move out about 3/8 inch or even a little more.
What troubles me is the tensioner lifter should have been removed until the new chain and guides are back in, then reinstalled if working, released, and allowed to take up slack.
If the lifter plunger does not have something to push against (the chain guide) it would come all the way out and lock into place (fully extended).
I hope your tensioner lifter is bad. And several have stuck and/or failed causing issues.
2003 green Rinny (11,800 miles), "25" Bighorn Radials (white letters out) full of extra slime, water pump mod, no warning labels, E Trex, everything else like Mr. Honda made it. 2000 XR 400r (est 3,500 miles). RIDE RED EVEN IF ITS GOT GREEN PLASTIC!
2013 Yamaha Super Te'ne're' (7,400 miles in 4 months), 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 (365,000 miles) on tight and original motor. 2001 4Runner (79,000 miles).