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Ok a little update here. I had brought the bike to a local shop, and after talking to the guy working on it today, I am pretty sure he said that he checked and the stock automatic tensioner was stuck back in the furthest position which was having the cam chain be as loose as possible. He said he that he bled the hydraulic tensioner, re-oiled it and put it back in, but he said it was still making noise but he said that tensioner seemed to be working ok. I guess what he was saying what the problem was there are also two other "rod" type tensioners that should need replacing, and he also said he wants to replace the cam chain itself. But he said that since he would want to replace the cam chain, and those two other tensioners, that I might as well change the hydraulic tensioner too. He said that if I got the cam chain and everything else replaced, the labor was going to be around 8 hours worth.
First, with only ~6000 miles on this 2003, is it possible that the cam chain needs to be replaced at this point, and what is the typical replacement mileage for it?
Second, I know many people replace the hydraulic type tensioner, but do failure/wearing of those other 2 tensioners usually happen?
Third, does 8 hours to replace a cam chain sound right for this bike?
I appreciate the help.