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    Cam chain adjuster

    I know TW's are noisy and sometimes sound like a tin can filled with rocks. I was wondering if there would be any benefit to switching over to the old style manual cam chain adjuster. I'm pretty sure the older bikes had that. No?

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    Yes the older bikes have manual cam chain tensioners. IMO switching from auto to manual would not make a significant difference. And I’m not sure they are a plug and play swap. If your bike has high miles and/or hard use the cam chain could be in need of maintenance or replacement but the auto adjuster shouldn’t really be a problem unless it’s not functioning properly.

    I’m guessing you inspected and adjusted the valves. If not, that is more often the source of the noise.
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    Original Yamaha manual and auto tensioners are not interchangeable but there are Chinese manual versions available on eBay that will fit in place of the automatic type.
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    Just because it says "automatic" doesn't mean it's working correctly - if you have doubts, check it ......
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