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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2012, 5:13 pm Thread Starter
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I'd like to find out from those of you who have installed the APE Pro Series Manual Cam Chain Tensioner what you've noticed. I have a 2007 GT and am curious what the status is with this improvement to your bike.
1) Are you happy with the reduction of noise at startup?
2) Is it running quieter overall?
3) Have you noticed any reduction in vibration?
4) Have you had the need to readjust the tension?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 2012, 7:46 am
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1) Yes

2) The same - (It has always been quiet)

3) No. Didn't notice any to begin with.

4) Yes, but not due to the APE. After the install and getting the engine hot It needed to be snugged down a tad more due to the chain expanding

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I'll be doing #4 also.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 2012, 10:23 am
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I don't think the manual tensioner could make much difference in terms of noise on my bike (and apparently many others judging from a prior thread) because since upgrading the auto tensioner I hear zero startup noise, nor do I hear any noticeable noise while running. I might install the manual tensioner one day (still deciding) but if I do it will be solely to prevent the possibility of a chain jump because I don't think that manual tensioner really has any other advantage. Or putting it another way, a properly working current-revision auto tensioner should result in a 100% quiet chain. If it doesn't you likely have some other problem at work such as a sticking tensioner or stretched chain.
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I don't think the manual tensioner could make much difference in terms of noise on my bike (and apparently many others judging from a prior thread) because since upgrading the auto tensioner I hear zero startup noise, nor do I hear any noticeable noise while running. I might install the manual tensioner one day (still deciding) but if I do it will be solely to prevent the possibility of a chain jump because I don't think that manual tensioner really has any other advantage. Or putting it another way, a properly working current-revision auto tensioner should result in a 100% quiet chain. If it doesn't you likely have some other problem at work such as a sticking tensioner or stretched chain.

I agree, for me it was solely a "preempive strike" to avoid any issues , or worse...a trip to my local dealer ($$$$). Since there are cases for both the old (what my 08 still had) as well as the newer, redesigned cam tensioners failing, I elected to remove them from the equation alltogether. 98 bucks (APE and Jump Guard) and 45 mins....vs the alternative?......it speaks for itself.
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I'd like to find out from those of you who have installed the APE Pro Series Manual Cam Chain Tensioner what you've noticed. I have a 2007 GT and am curious what the status is with this improvement to your bike.
1) Are you happy with the reduction of noise at startup?
2) Is it running quieter overall?
3) Have you noticed any reduction in vibration?
4) Have you had the need to readjust the tension?
Thanks!
1) Definitely; and no more nightmares about exploding motors.
2) Still so quiet it can't be heard. Stealth speed.
3) Never had any
4) Nope, but after 4k miles I should probably should check it

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