View Full Version : I'm guessing this is the cam chain guide? (XS650)

09-24-2016, 3:27 PM
So I traded my basket case project for a running/driving xs. I'm getting it ready for inspection and doing routine maintenance. I pull the side oil filter and it's packed with metal shavings/plastic hunks. The sump filter is no different.

Am I right in my assumption that this is the cam chain guide being obliterated?

Here's a link to photos:

09-24-2016, 4:40 PM
that would be my guess as well. does it also make a ticking noise like a loose rocker arm when cold?

09-24-2016, 5:10 PM
Yeah, it does. I figured it was just the valves needing adjustment, but it looks like I'll be changing the cam guide and chain... Might as well do the valves while the top end is off.

Looks like I'm getting a crash course in how the top end of my bike works!