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Started riding my 1999 Tiger more due to the cost of gas. A simple commute.

Arrived at home to hear what seems to be my cam chain slapping against the front cam chain guide or cylinder. Not too loud, but enough to stop riding the bike.

Took the right side cover and valve cover off and looked around. I found nothing wrong. No signs of abnormal wear nor metal or plastic shavings.

I replaced the cam chain tensioner with a new stock one, adjusted the valves (two or three intake valves too tight), installed new plugs, fuel, oil, and radiator fluid. Old oil was clean.

The chain noise is still there. No change.

Do I now simply replace the cam chain and guides? Or do I ghost ride the bike into the Pacific Ocean?

Pleas help.

I'll be in the Garden.
 

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Steve,
Thanks for your reply!
The bike has 33,000 trouble-free miles on it.

Is there something other to check before replacing cam chain and guides?

I want to make sure I have a complete list of things to do and parts to buy before taking the bike apart again.
Can I remove, inspect, & replace the two cam chain guides without removing at least one camshaft and the cam chain?
To replace the cam chain and guides do I need any special tools?
 
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