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Old 11-10-2009, 05:03 AM   #1
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APE CCT ZX 14 install

Anybody have any exp on installing these? Is it really that easy as removing the old one an popping in the new one? And of course adjusting it.... Any wise words for me before I start? Thanks in advance
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I have installed 2 on my VTR (V twin has 2 adjusters) and 1 on my DRZ 400. In both cases, I ignored most of the instructions. This is how I did it both times:

1. Remove the old tensioner
2. Back the adjuster screw out on the Ape tensioner
3. Install the Ape
4. Screw the adjuster screw in by hand, finger tight(no wrench) until it is tight
5. while having someone else turn the engine over by hand continue tightening finger tight
6. Stop when you can't adjust by hand any more
7. Start the bike and listen for chain rattle if it's quiet, loosen until you get a little rattle
8. Adjust with a wrench until the rattle just goes away
9. STOP it's adjusted, do not overtighten
10. Tighten the lock nut

I have 3,000 miles on the DRZ and 15,000 on the VTR since installing the manual tensioners and have not had to adjust either.
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