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post #51 of 60 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 08:10 PM
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post #52 of 60 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 08:25 PM
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If you are mechanically inclined with some experience this job is not terribly bad. It would be easy to make a mistake. I have done timing chains on cars before but this is my first atv. Check and double check when reassembling. As this is a recently purchased bike it is nice to know that it has this work done and should be good for many miles to come.


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post #53 of 60 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 09:02 PM
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I posted more pictures in a new thread as not to take away from this great tensioner repair thread


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Do you have to remove head to get tensioner cam chain out?
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on a different thread, I think it was either Corndog or Oilcan that properly diagnosed my "rattle" as CCT. I just got around to changing it and - YEP - it runs lik enew again. THANK YOU for the tip. Next problem: setting myu my ride at hatfield McCoy for Thanksgiving week.
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I've been reading this post with great interest. My 07 Rincon 680 has an intermittent clanking that sounds like someone tapping a frying pan with a metal spoon. It doesn't matter if it's hot or cold, accelerating or decelerating, and only has 1900 miles on it. I took the spark arrestor out and cleaned it and beat on the muffler and heat shields with my fist and no rattles. I'm at wits end and ordered a tensioner. It doesn't have any pattern on when it decides to do it. I know this is an old post but hoping that someone has had this issue and can clue me in. If not, I'll just swap out the tensioner and see what happens.
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Let us know what you find. The one I just rebuilt has a noise that I think might be the tensioner as well. I took it off, checked it out, looked ok, put it back on and the noise is lessened, but still louder than I think it should be. I installed a new cam chain when I had the motor out.
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If you think it is the tensioner, you can use a screw driver and add tension to it easily to verify. It is easier to try this with a cold engine because your hand will be near the exhaust pipe (go back and read post # 7)

Cam chain tensioner usually will rattle when started cold and quit after it idles for 30 seconds or less.
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Well. I put in a new tensioner and the noise seems to be gone. It would sometimes go for a while with no noise and then start up again. It didn't make any difference if it was cold or hot. Anyway. I have only ridden it a mile or two but it's still quiet. The old one looks fine. When I get some spare time, maybe I'll fiddle with it.
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My Rinny has had quite the engine knock and I found this thread. First of all, I'm not all that mechanically inclined but thought I could handle this. I tried the original method posted by corndog by removing the tensioner, removing circlip, letting plunger out a bit, and then tightening the spring about 3 full rotations, then reassemble. My gasket was not in great shape, but I did not have a spare, so I installed it anyway to see if the problem went away. I also did not have the installation KEY so I tried with a small screwdriver, which did not fit in there well. I had problems fitting the tensioner back in place while keeping the plunger retracted with the screw driver. Basically, I could not keep the plunger fully retracted while fitting the tensioner. I ended up tightening it in there anyway and it seemed to be flush. I started the rinny and it sounded great. No knock at all. I then throttled it up a bit and it started to KNOCK LOUD. I shut off the bike. I started it again at idle. Very quiet, no knock, sounds better than ever. Rev up, and LOUD KNOCK. I shut off immediately and it remains off. WHat did I screw up? I just ordered a new OEM tensioner with key and gasket.

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