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Old 04-25-2005, 02:39 PM   #46
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Price for the part from Chicago BMW has gone above $200. This is their discounted price... anyone find it for less? Yes, their website still says $163, but they aren't honouring that.
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:49 PM   #47
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Price for the part from Chicago BMW has gone above $200. This is their discounted price... anyone find it for less? Yes, their website still says $163, but they aren't honouring that.
I think that's the best kind of price you'll find, until whenever the Euro goes down.
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:06 PM   #48
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Maybe a group buy? We could have a "cam tensioner replacement" party.
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:08 PM   #49
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Maybe a group buy? We could have a "cam tensioner replacement" party.
My tensioner should arrive today. I'm ready to party.
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:33 PM   #50
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Interestingly, BMW has stopped selling the old-design tensioner. This is good news because those of us who switched to the new design did it without technical info from the company and I was always a bit concerned about the potential of adverse long term effects. For instance, the enhanced tensioner does seem to put significantly more force on the chain rail, so accellerated wear could result. The fact that BMW is only selling the enhanced tensioner now gives me confidence that undesirable long term effects are unlikely.

By the way, I have 8000 miles on the new tensioner and I am still delighted that I made the switch. However, it is not an expense that is needed for everybody. I just attended the Beakster Bash rally (for R1150R), and out of some 15 Rs at the rally, I only heard one that had chain slap from the left cam chain.
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:34 PM   #51
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My tensioner should arrive today. I'm ready to party.
I'd offer my garage...but...
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:49 PM   #52
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I've changed both throttle bodies on my bike and removed the fuel injection components as one unit (per side), not separating the injectors.This is an excellent write up......well done.
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:56 PM   #53
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I'd offer my garage...but...
We can use my back-yard. Lotsa room.
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Old 04-25-2005, 05:57 PM   #54
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My tensioner should arrive today. I'm ready to party.
Do me a favor would you please Config? Would you use a caliper (with a depth gauge) and take these measurements and post them? I did not think to take measurements before I installed the parts and would appreciate it if you could.

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Old 04-25-2005, 08:09 PM   #55
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Thumb Made it home!!

Well--

I made it home w/out issue, and, man, what a difference. I pretty much always ride w/ a helmet and such, but I could tell right from the start that the noise was quieter/gone. But, when I pulled into the garage this evening, the difference in noise level was confirmed and it was UNBELIEVABLE. Additionally, I seem to notice a smoother idle, but can not confirm that yet.

For those that are thinking of this (and, obviously, have reason to do so) I recommend you stop thinking and do it.

Thanks again for the write-up--

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Old 04-25-2005, 08:17 PM   #56
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This is on my list of things to do.

Poolside's and Harvey's reports makes it clear that it's a sidewalk deal.
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Old 04-26-2005, 06:41 AM   #57
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Thank you, Mr. Poolside! Very nice job.
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Old 04-26-2005, 02:25 PM   #58
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Very kind of you guys. Thank you.

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:19 AM   #59
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Thumb Thanks again Poolside

Friends--

First and foremost, thanks again to poolside for putting this down for us. By seeing how easy this is it makes it an easy decision to go ahead with the install, something I had been toying with for the last year; w/out the write-up I am confident I would still be riding a noisy machine (and worrying about it all along the way.)

Also, I got another ride in yesterday since I installed the new tensioner and I just wanted to reiterate how much of an improvement it makes to the overall riding experience; worth $200 easy in my book.

Something else to consider, most of us won't blink an eye at spending $200 for some accessory or piece of gear for riding, but it seems like folks want to balk somewhat at spending $200 for the new tensioner. Believe me, the return I got from installing the new tensioner far exceeded the investment; money very well spent.

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Old 05-05-2005, 12:21 PM   #60
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Do me a favor would you please Config? Would you use a caliper (with a depth gauge) and take these measurements and post them? I did not think to take measurements before I installed the parts and would appreciate it if you could.

- Jim



I'm at bentspoke's and we're measuring right now.

C=2.885"

B=0.717"

A=2.030"

Let me know if you want any other measurements. The C measurement might be off by a couple thousandths of an inch, but the others are accurate to the thousandth.
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