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ingramlee
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I'm in the process of replacing my timing an oil chains. While i'm there I thought I would also do the guide rail and tensioner. After receiving the new IE guide rail it is noticeably narrower than the current one that I assume is original. Another Faq menber indicated to me that he had the same issue and the new guide caused a whirring sound and he wished he had kept the old guide. My question is has anyone else had or is having this same issue?

 

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Simeon,

 

Interesting you say that. I did receive a single row chain from IE when I ordered the double (the invoice said double) I thought they just made a mistake so I called them and they said they would next day the double chain... Of course it didn't arrive yet. So either they didn't send it or its bouncing around on a UPS truck somewhere. I will have to check which guide I actually ordered.

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28 minutes ago, Simeon said:

Could you have got the rail for a simplex (single row) chain rather than a duplex (double row) chain?

 

I'm fairly-confident the guide rails are the same (single or dual row chain).

 

     O.P. - you might define 'narrower' to help explain the issue. -KB

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9 minutes ago, kbmb02 said:

 

I'm fairly-confident the guide rails are the same (single or dual row chain).

 

     O.P. - you might define 'narrower' to help explain the issue. -KB

KB,

Narrower meaning the chain inside the new guide is tighter. harder to even get the chain in. The old guide the chain drops right in and slides much easier. My first thought was that 44 years of use has widened the old guide. I only question it because another member said the new guide caused a whirring sound after he changed his.

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3 hours ago, kbmb02 said:

I'm fairly-confident the guide rails are the same (single or dual row chain).

 

that used to be the case, for sure.  I'd swap them around just for grins...

 

It's possible that the design has changed a bit to make the thing tighter- it doesn't take much

to affect the fit of the tensioning slider...

 

If it holds the chain taut with the tensioner out, yes, it might cause noise...

 

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