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Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« on: September 08, 2019, 08:35:11 pm »
My alternator chain tensioner has failed and was slapping the clutch basket . Looks like I need a new one . I assume I should do the chain also ? Anyone have a source you've used for these parts ? I've used Ron Ayres in the past . I was wondering about the tensioner tamer product also . Is that a good idea while I'm in there ?
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2019, 10:15:29 pm »
http://www.kwickstand.net/Hyper-Formance.com/Tensioner_Tamer.html

How many miles has the bike done?  Just curious.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2019, 11:00:20 pm »
68000 .
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 06:59:18 pm »
I use:  https://www.partzilla.com/
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2019, 08:00:20 pm »
I've also found good pricing on MaKaw parts at Rocky mountain ATV.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2019, 08:45:20 pm »
Ordered chain , gasket and tensioner from Partzilla . I dont think I'm going to do the tensioner tamer . Bike has been fine for 68000 miles with stock chain and tensioner . I think the chain must be worn . Tensioner seems to work ok but is torn up where it was hitting the basket . Looks like an easy fix . I did the star spring upgrade about 40000 miles ago so hopefully I won't be back in there for awhile .
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 02:33:17 am »
I made my own tensioner tamer using 1/8 inch pipe nipple.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 12:02:11 pm »
Steve J, do you have details on your tensioner tamer?  Pics?
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 02:17:41 pm »
Second that! Wanting to know more About "my own tensioner tamer using 1/8 inch pipe nipple" farkle.

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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 02:35:18 pm »
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Bike has been fine for 68000 miles with stock chain and tensioner

Mine lasted about 100K miles on my 2000 C10. Replaced both and never had another issue for 36K miles when I sold it.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2019, 12:56:37 pm »
My tensioner tamer has 60k+ on it and needed no adjustment the last time I peeked at it. The chain tensioner is another Kawasaki failed design. Fix it with the Tamer and be done with it.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2019, 04:42:31 pm »
What in the world is an alternator chain tensioner??

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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2019, 04:46:26 pm »
I'd like to see SteveJ's invention too.

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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2019, 07:16:42 pm »
What in the world is an alternator chain tensioner??
It's there to take up any slack in the chain.  It's like a belt tensioner on your car only it's dealing with a chain.  HTH :)
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2019, 09:57:13 pm »
I made my own tensioner tamer using 1/8 inch pipe nipple.

Sure a few of us are curious about this besides Ted, KKJA13, and myself!

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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2019, 10:46:59 pm »
I made my own tensioner tamer using 1/8 inch pipe nipple.

Sure a few of us are curious about this besides Ted, KKJA13, and myself!

Sorry, that part of my brain is gone. I could do it with another one if I had a c10 in front of me. I basically used the old parts and a pic of the tensioner Tamer and sideways engineered my own unit out of a black 1/8" pipe nipple. I still needed a new tensioner and chain. Thinking on it more it was likely more than 5 years ago.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2019, 12:54:05 pm »
Ok, we understand.
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Re: Alternator chain tensioner failure .
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2019, 06:23:56 pm »
Ok . Got my parts in . Removed the chain and compared it to the new one . There was quite a bit of stretch in the old chain so I would say if you were to install the Tamer device be sure to either change the chain or at least check it for stretch . I believe the chain was my main issue now and the end of the tensioner was damaged by hitting the clutch basket so it needed replacement anyway . I'm sure the tamer is a good idea but I'm keeping it stock this time .
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