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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-17-2007, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Had to Mod the New Cam Chain Tension Tool

Just finished checking the valve lash on my bike (see signature).

The new cam chain tension tool, Honda P/N 07AMG-001A100



worked great on the left side. Had a problem on the right side, as the frame prevented me from being able to insert the tool into the cam chain tensioner release.

I made the following adjustment:



The bronze-colored knurled knob is held on the shaft by a set screw. I used a very small (about 2mm) allen wrench to loosen the set screw and move the knurled knob down the shaft a bit, as shown in the pic (before the adjustment, the knurled knob was flush with the end of the shaft). The tool worked great on both sides after that.

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I have the same or similar tool that I use on my right de-tensioner. I use a small flat blade screw driver and clamp on my left side. The Honda tool does tend to splip off of the de-tensioner screw a time or two during the timing mark aligments. Maybe your adjsutment would make it more secure -- or put a bit of "FunTack" on the tool's rest area.

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Digger,
DO you have ABS brakes. I hear it is even more tight in there with abs on the right side.

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Lead,

As you can tell by my signature line, my bike does not have ABS brakes. And, yes, I think the presence of the ABS hardware in this area on the ABS bikes makes access more difficult.

FWIW, I had no problems with the tool jumping out of the locked position on either side. In fact, the entire valve clearance check was pretty easy. I'm glad I viewed Fred's DVDs first, though. Great confidence builder!

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I though there was a left and a right tool for this, I've looked in the parts book and the micro-fich and can't find them.
Guess I need to go to the dealer and bend over.
I know HDL would sell them a lot cheaper.
Will the guy's at HDL look them up for me if I call?

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Biker John, it is just one tool (07AMG-001A100). There is another piece listed in the manual that looks like a handle for the tool but I didn't need it. If you call Hal's folks they should be able to fix you up. I think their price will be between $50-60. I know I have seen them for $35 but can't find it now.
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Yep, the tool Digger shows will do on either side. I do both sides at same time and loosen the left tensioner with a small flat blade screw driver and then clamp it like Fred shows. I am not so sure that de-tensioning is really necessary.

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I though there was a left and a right tool for this
There was. I have it. A and B. One for left side, one for right side.

Tensioner holder A
07ZMG-MCAA300

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There was. I have it. A and B. One for left side, one for right side.
Rob, what is the difference between the two cam chain tensioner tools that you have? I seen in the manual where a handle was listed for the tool, but just assumed it was the same tool since it worked on both sides of my engine. TIA.
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Rob, I believe it is the same tool. Just one without handle; one with.
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