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Old 02-10-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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how to install a Manual Cam Chain Tensioner zx6r 07

My bike when I fire it up it makes a noise then when get warms it goes away telling me its the chain tensioner should I use a new stock oem cam chain tensioner or a Manuel cam chain tensioner ?

please help or do I need to take do dealer to do it ? or can i do it my self
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:47 AM   #2
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if it is a ticking noise dont worry bout it its a kawi thing almost all of them do it nothin to worry bout!!!
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
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that is the valve train.... kawi's are notorious for it... just ignore it
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:21 PM   #4
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that is the valve train.... kawi's are notorious for it... just ignore it

what is that ? and is the cause ?
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:39 PM   #5
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You do not need a manual tensioner. And that type of addition you either better have done it before or learn how to. Or have professional do it. Heres how you do it if you feel lucky.take the side fairings off and lift up the gas tank. you must then most likely take the exhaust header off. There are two engine bolts that go through the main frame to mount the engine (the bolts that hold frame sliders on).Now you can tilt to engine down if you loosen the bolts in the back of the engine that mount it. You will have to do some searching to in them. Make sure your key is out of the ignition so you make sure noone accidently turns the motor over while your working. Take off any wires etc on the valve cover and pull them off. (some people wont do this but I highly recommend). Now that the valve cover is off you can see you cams, valvestems and cam chain! You;ll notice it is under tension. you can now loosen the cam chain tensioner on the side. Some people might tell you to find TDC (top dead center). You do not need to. Just 100 percent make sure you just keep enough tension on the chain and do not bump anything that could cause the engine to move out of timing. So now that the tensioner is out bolts your new on the the right torque specs, make sure gaskets are on, most likely copper gasket or something. Take the center bolt on the tension and tighten to the right specs. Not to tight, not to loose that super important! Now you got it together. Not take the side plastic bolts out to be able to turn the crank with a rachet, and be able to see in the top hole to find tdc. match up the tick marks correctly with tdc and cam tick marks. A service manual will be able to tell you exactly what degree everyhting should be at (timing wise). If you dont bump the eningine and make it skip a tooth theres no need, But I always check so you can make sure yo do not damage the engine. I might have a servie manual the kawasaki one on a pdf. format. I will check for you. Now some bike you do not have to let the engine pivot down to take the valve cover off. I have done amny engine, all are different.

And besides that I would not sweat it, kawasaki always have had outrageously loud valve trains! And most likely always will! I ahve a mojave 250 atv for 5 years that was the onl;y thing that I ever had to really fix, valve seats needed to be cut, new valves, cams etc.
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i been doing a lot of reading a came across this so i been wondering ?


Sounds like the CCT or cam chain tensioner. It goes away when warm because everything expands and takes up the slack. Replace the stock cct with a manual one. kawasaki make a manual but i cant say i like em very much i would go with an APE manual tensioner i'll try to find there site and most bike shops carry them. There really easy to do just remove the old tensioner hold down bolts and remove it, then install the manual one full loose until you have the mounting bolts tight. then use your thumb and index finger as tight as you can go with those two fingers set the locking nut and bam race ready lol. If you have a whinning noise under exceleration your to tight but with that method you should be dead on with no tick or slop in the chain. Some people say you can have a cam gear spin when taking the old tensioner out. Thats your call i have done several on bikes and cars aswell and thats never happened to me.
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i been doing a lot of reading a came across this so i been wondering ?
I wouldn't worry, as long as you don't cane the motor cold (as with any engine) it'll be fine.

All Kawis are rattly, if the noise is bothering you then the quickest and cheapest fix is a decent pair of earplugs.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:19 AM   #8
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I wouldn't worry, as long as you don't cane the motor cold (as with any engine) it'll be fine.

All Kawis are rattly, if the noise is bothering you then the quickest and cheapest fix is a decent pair of earplugs.
yup i understand that its not that loud its just noticeable
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:00 PM   #9
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i been doing a lot of reading a came across this so i been wondering ?


Sounds like the CCT or cam chain tensioner. It goes away when warm because everything expands and takes up the slack. Replace the stock cct with a manual one. kawasaki make a manual but i cant say i like em very much i would go with an APE manual tensioner i'll try to find there site and most bike shops carry them. There really easy to do just remove the old tensioner hold down bolts and remove it, then install the manual one full loose until you have the mounting bolts tight. then use your thumb and index finger as tight as you can go with those two fingers set the locking nut and bam race ready lol. If you have a whinning noise under exceleration your to tight but with that method you should be dead on with no tick or slop in the chain. Some people say you can have a cam gear spin when taking the old tensioner out. Thats your call i have done several on bikes and cars aswell and thats never happened to me.
is this true ?
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i have a 00 zx6r. and it has a noticable rattle and tick warm or cold. i can notice it more on the timing chain side of bike, could this be the cct. or am i in big trouble.i just use this as back and forth to work, but noise is annoying me. please let me know if any one could help. thank you
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Not sure about the 00 but on the 07/08 it is very easy to install:

Infamous Kawi Tick
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