Hey think I'm gonna be able to get by without pulling the head off. I got some advise that the tensioner is accessable with the exhaust removed from the head. I took those 2 bolts off and loosened the whole muffler and puled it back from the head and there are holes in the head fins to stick a screwdriver down to the large phillips head screw on the top of the tensioner. Then I'm thinking that sucker is probably pretty tight and didn't want to strip it. So I sprayed some penetrating fluid on, let it sit for awhile, then stuck a long #1 screwdriver down on the screw. I thought maybe I could help it by tapping the screwdriver with a hammer while trying to turn and by golly it loosened. I then had to modify a longer flat blade screwdriver with my grinder to get into the small access hole and it turns up and down. So unless there is a reason to remove the tensioner I think the head won't have to come off. Or am I mistaken on another reason for removal?? Whatcha think??
1998 Honda Foreman 450ES