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Hi All,
I have been snooping around looking for similar threads, but ended up right here to post.
Valve adjustment didn't help quiet the motor top end. When I lug the motor, its quiet. I tried retracting the lifter/tensioner with a long skinny screwdriver, but it seems to start resisting, then goes free and spins round and round. I suspect the tensioner spring is broken. I cant quite get the tensioner removed. Looks like I have to remove the cylinder first. I have the service manual, but I'm still unsure. Can I remove the cylinder and head as a single assembly without separating the two? I don't have the time right now to test my mechanical (dis) ability and would like any advice I can get to get my machine back on the trail. Sounds like it might tear itself up if I don't fix it. Thanks, Tom
 

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welcome to the forums. yes, the cylinder has to come off, yes, it has to be separated as well. the chain adjuster is self adjusting, it has no spring that you can mess with to tighten it up ?, it does it all on its own, no amount of twisting with a screw driver will tighten it !. front cover has to come off in order to replace the cam chain, you may as well do this while your this deep into the motor. if you don't replace the cam chain ? ( which I am sure the cam chain is stretched ), then you will be right back to where you are now later down the road. and who is to say, your cam chain adjuster is why your cam chain won't get the chain any tighter because of a bad cam chain anyway ?!. better think this through...lol.
 
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