I have your Softail maintenance DVD and it has taught me a great deal and also saved me a lot of money. This is my first Harley. I have a 2006 Fatboy with around 15,000 miles on it. I recently checked my primary chain tension and the shoe was a little worn but not bad. Do you recommend going to the auto adjuster for this?
The other thing I’ve been reading about is that these motors have a very serious problem with the cam chain tensioners and that they can grenade and wreck the engine. Is this true? If so, what do you recommend as a fix. Thanks for your time,
James – Port Moody, BC, Canada
James, We would replace your primary chain adjuster shoe with a H.D. stock replacement shoe. Another tensioner shoe to look at is Harley’s spring style cam chain tensioners. They were not a very good design. We have seen problems as early as 24k miles. The best solution for this problem is to replace these stock cam chain tensioners with Harley’s hydraulic cam chain tensioners. It is sold as a complete kit and resolves this problem. Thanks for your questions.
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