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March 18, 2018, 07:18:12 PM
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I have a 2003 Electra Glide with 43000 miles and have never had the shoes looked at.  I am told that after 2006 model year they changed to a  hydraulic cam chain tensioner. Would someone recommend SE over S&S or vice versus?  Now that I am aware that I may be living on borrowed time I think I may have the bearings replaced as well since I have been told Harley bearings are garbage.  I would appreciate opinions on this issue since I now know that this is going to cost between a grand and fifteen hundred.

Thanks in advance,

Ed

March 18, 2018, 07:28:00 PM
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Welcome to the forum. We are glad that you found us and decided to join. When you get a chance please go to the new members section and introduce yourself so that others here can welcome you as well. There a lots of friendly and knowledgeable people here that are willing to help with your issues. We hope you stop by often and find this site helpful. Someone will be along to help you shortly I'm sure.  :)

March 18, 2018, 08:14:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

The below linked thread has some information on the S&S Chain Drive Cams and the second post (Reply #1) in that thread has several links to Cams and Cam Chain Tensioner information. I would recommend looking at some of those links in the second post of that topic/thread to get familiar with the spring tensioner design and the changes to the design that H-D made when they introduced the hydraulic version.

Installing Chain Drive Cams (S&S Cycle)
https://hdbitchin.com/index.php/topic,2810.0.html

As far as the year that H-D made the change, you are correct, Harley stopped using the spring loaded tensioners and went to hydraulic in 2007. They also changed the tensioner material that rides on the chain. It is supposed to be a better material.

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March 19, 2018, 05:50:12 PM
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Just did a set on a 2000 Road King(Cliffs) with 55k miles and was lucky!  Decided against going to gear drive, but did go with SE hydraulic w/ high volume oil pump.  Not that familiar with S&S.  No more worries as far as cam chain tensioners!

Primary shoe shows good wear. 

Fourth picture(sorry) shows inner pieces and the fifth shows whats left on the tensioner.  There's not very much left.  The chain was smooth(showing no damaging wear) although the metal part of the tensioner was running against it(just in time(Maybe))!
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March 19, 2018, 05:54:51 PM
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Got to admit SE parts are just NOT plain!  They do good work!  From the previous post.
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March 19, 2018, 06:07:10 PM
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Hey @Ed1949 I found another thread on cam chain tensioner replacement. It was actually a thread that @j f go posted about his brother’s motorcycle. It has a good discussion that you might help you plan your tensioner replacement.

cam chain tensioner replacement 02 SERK ?
https://hdbitchin.com/index.php/topic,4123.0.html
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