Gregory Bender

Timing chain and tensioner

Moto Guzzi Quota 1000 and Quota 1100 ES models

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At around 38,000 miles, I started hearing the timing chain rattling about inside the timing chest. It didn't rattle all the time, but seemed to be most prominent when decelerating from higher RPMs. I decided it was time to put in a new tensioner. Instead of using the stock tensioner from Guzzi, I opted for the common (and popular) bow-type tensioner. It is less expensive and places more pressure on the chain, too. Also, I decided that if I was going that far into the timing chest, that I might as well replace the timing chain. Replacement of the gasket, front main seal, and O-ring were givens.

Replacement is very straightforward and simple. But, do keep the following in mind.