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1985 xj700 cam chain adjustment

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:54 am
by neverdie38
ok i am a pretty decent mechanic but i am having trouble with my 85 xj700 "airhead" cam chain adjustment. i have been through several forums and always get a roundabout answer. i aligned the "c" mark on the contact plate with the pointer, went under the carbs and saw a 12mm bolt sticking horizontally out of jug and then saw a 10mm bolt with a 14mm jam nut sticking vertically out of case. now all of the forums i have looked at say "it's the 10mm bolt with the 12mm jam nut sticking out of cylinders". so you can see where my confusion is. the 10mm bolt with jam nut is almost unreachable to adjust but it looks like other cam chain adjusters i have seen. does anybody have any knowledge as to which one is correct?

Re: 1985 xj700 cam chain adjustment

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:09 am
by Johnj
The one that doesn't look like the right thing, isn't it.

Re: 1985 xj700 cam chain adjustment

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:54 am
by neverdie38
hahahahaha that's what i thought but usually don't cam chain adjuster point in towards the dampers? the one with the lock nut was pointing straight down into the case (not towards where chain runs), and the one that doesn't look like it was pointing RIGHT where the cam chain runs! haha