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How do you know if it is time to replace a tensioner? I plan on having my timing belts replaced and was wondering if I need to replace the tensioners also. Bike has almost 42000 miles. Is there a place to get the tensioners other than a dealer? They want $190 for the set.
 

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If it isn't making noise when running it should be OK..it should spin freely and smoothly..as for buying new you may find a better price on-line and ebay has them come up but they are all used you never know about them.

There were also a couple of threads about people rebuilding them..cheaper way to go but they were not build to rebuild so it's a shade tree mechanic type of process.

$140 at http://www.hdlparts.com

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http://www.sdb-e.com/TENSIONER/TENSIONER-REBUILD-JCS.pdf
 

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Has anybody actually did the belt tensionerrebuild, or is it just atheory, because till nowI didnt find anybody giving a feedback. I also have to change a belt and tensioners...
 

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you might drop sandieobrass a pm . thats a good link on the rebuild by him . or go to the tech posts and scroll to rebuilding timing belt tensionors . click on the R first.
hope this saves some dollars for you.
 

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I wrote to the guy who made "how to rebuild instructions" ( 4 yrs ago) and I also got a reply that there are no failure problems( just some minor adjustances regarding 1200 and 1500 engine), so the tensioners are allready on their way!
 
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