Gen 5: 2016- Cam Chain and Cam Chain Tensioner - Kawasaki ZX-10R.net
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post #1 of 16 Old 02-24-2019, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Cam Chain and Cam Chain Tensioner

Hello all.... I'm new to the forum. Bare with me please... Ok get down to the facts. 2016 ZX10 just cleared 28000 miles. Been through the CCT under warranty and actuall recall... Recently had it adjusted because of slack... Chain is still making noise. I have gotten another option... Cam chain stretched beyond tensioner limits ?
Help... I'm still paying for this bike and thinking it might GRENADE on me..
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-25-2019, 05:14 AM
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How loud is the noise and under what conditions

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Loud on cold start but quiets down a little when it comes up to temperature but the guy that tunes my bike says there is no way it should be that loud after oil circulates and engine comes up to temperature. Like I mentioned 2 CCT replacements and one supposed CCT adjustment and still rattling. Is this the way a well broken in 2016 should sound ? I trust my Tuner Guy over the dealership unfortunately but my Tuner is more of a Suzuki guy and never seen or heard a gen 5 with 28000 miles. Just seems like a pretty expensive job after 3 years... I do a lot of of long distance... Out of state trips. If rather not have bike break down far away. Thanks for responding so quickly.
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Ohh.... I'm listening to it at idle and also noticing it on down shifts coming to stop
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Just get the APE manual tensioner and adjust with your hand slowly till the noise goes away. Don't go torquing that b**** down or anything, just finger, FINGER, tight. Do a cold start adjust till the noise is faint or gone. Go out around the block. Come back with the bike warm, and if you still hear noise adjust 1/4 to 1/2 turn at a time, go around the block again, and repeat. It's better to be finger tight with faint noise then torqued the F down and no noise what-so-ever.

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Some noise is normal. You don't want a super tight cam chain. I'd have to hear it to see, I've never trusted manual tensioner on an every day bike

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Any chance you can make a recording of the noise preferably inside and outside
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I'll see if I can get some video and audio tomorrow.
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Hey I have a 2017 zx10r and it has only 7,000 miles and it makes a horrible cam chain noise! It's normal man I did a bunch of research and found out that's just how it is! You have to understand you are sitting right on top of the engine basically! If you rode around in your car while sitting under the hood you would think your car is gonna blow up ! Lol. Now that other guy is correct, use the ape cam chain tensioner and do exactly what he said and you will find that it can become alot less noisy . Now you could have an issue with yours but I highly doubt it! Mine is really noisy when it's cold and almost goes away when it's hot but then sometimes I'll hear it again so it is what it is, go buy the ape tensioner and you'll be happy. Oh one more thing, EJR PERFORMANCE on you tube, he is a badass bike mechanic especially with gen5"s and he even said the same things !
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About 2500 miles of track only use...2016 Gen5. That chain shouldn't be retaining it's original shape btw... KWS Motorsport told me that they replace the tensioner guide with the Gen4 part number and have never had to an issue.

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