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Old 02-03-2019, 08:35 PM
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I really doubt it pops on its own. That means you'd have to start the car with a slack chain. No thanks. Just man up and take the valve cover off and do it properly. You've wasted more time on here worrying about it than it takes to remove the cover. Like I said, whatever your issue is, it's probably not the tensioner anyways.
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
I'm just putting it out there so people don't waste their time like I did thinking that it works. I took the tensioner out over and over thinking it was flawed lol
was this year's ago? New tensioner or old style??

So you ended up pulling the cover on yours to set or scewed it in present?


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Old 02-03-2019, 09:06 PM
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It's the new style. I did my timing chain so I had to pull the valve cover.
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
It's the new style. I did my timing chain so I had to pull the valve cover.
Oh I see .... So everytime you pulled the tensioner it was always still compressed?

Think I could just swap the dang tensioner then?

Pre set and screw it in without the chain coming off any of the gears?
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Miltb
Oh I see .... So everytime you pulled the tensioner it was always still compressed?

Think I could just swap the dang tensioner then?

Pre set and screw it in without the chain coming off any of the gears?
If it's the new style you can just reset it and put it back in. Why are you doing it anyways?
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
If it's the new style you can just reset it and put it back in. Why are you doing it anyways?
I can direct swap a new style in?

I'm swapping a new one in as my chain rattles in higher rpm.
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:59 PM
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How sure are you that one of the guides isn't broken? That's a much more likely scenario here.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Miltb
I can direct swap a new style in?

I'm swapping a new one in as my chain rattles in higher rpm.
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Well wtf. Do your timing chain if it rattles lol. That's got nothing to do with the tensioner. It's probably stretched
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by exninja View Post
How sure are you that one of the guides isn't broken? That's a much more likely scenario here.
How's it more likely .... It idle's fine .... Normal revs is fine .... Higher rpm then I get rattle ....

Why were new revision tensioners created .... Because the olds ones were allowing slop creating chain rattle .... The tensioner in there is likely an old one. I'd rather try changing the tensioner first before fiddling around with other things .... A tensioner is an easy, cheap process of elimination item.

If I can buy a new tensioner and install it without pulling covers than it's a win ....

The reason I created this thread was to figure out how to straight swap the tensioner. Which I'm still vague on ....

All the help so far is much appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
Well wtf. Do your timing chain if it rattles lol. That's got nothing to do with the tensioner. It's probably stretched
The tensioner tensions the timing chain to the best of my knowledge .... So if the tensioner is faulty than it could be allowing slack in the chain ....
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I am quite certain all LNF's have the new style tensioner
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Originally Posted by exninja View Post
I am quite certain all LNF's have the new style tensioner
Could be .... But Powell says he's seen revision ones fail .... Saw it on a thread .... Like I've read through so many threads trying to figure out how to DIY this ....
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New style right.


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Old 02-04-2019, 05:36 PM
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Looks like it.
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So I got information from Powell on how to do the direct swap .... Will post back about success and the process i ended up using.
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Originally Posted by Miltb
So I got information from Powell on how to do the direct swap .... Will post back about success and the process i ended up using.
Lol the only way to direct swap is to activate it then screw it in. I can't see any other way
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
Lol the only way to direct swap is to activate it then screw it in. I can't see any other way
It activates from oil pressure ....
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Originally Posted by Miltb
It activates from oil pressure ....
I wouldn't trust that man. Why happens if you skip a tooth and it's out of timing?
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
I wouldn't trust that man. Why happens if you skip a tooth and it's out of timing?
Well then my engine will be f$cked ....
I got the directions from John Powell himself who's installed hundreds of the new style tensioner.

I'll post up his directions and and my results when I've done the install ....
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This tensioner literally doesn't set ....
ive been playing around with it and when you hang it plunger side down, the plunger will extend .... And when you put it on the crown flat on my desk, the plunger will slide all the way back in.

Basically it's heavily reliant on oil pressure.
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No it's not lol. You have to push and turn it and the spring will pop out and sorta lock it
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Originally Posted by cobaltssdude420 View Post
No it's not lol. You have to push and turn it and the spring will pop out and sorta lock it
This. Look up videos on YouTube comparing the two designs. The fact that you can easily move yours means it's not set. Push it and twist, see what happens. Still don't see why you haven't just done it yet.
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This. Look up videos on YouTube comparing the two designs. The fact that you can easily move yours means it's not set. Push it and twist, see what happens. Still don't see why you haven't just done it yet.
If I push it in completely and turn it clockwise, absolutely nothing happens ....
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Then you're either doing it wrong or it's broken
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Either buy or make yourself a pair of snap ring pliers, take out the snap ring and disassemble it. I've reactivated mine many times and it's fine
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