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Hey friends! Anyone have a line on a new cam chain for a '74 CB200? I ordered one from David Silver Spares for $65.00 shipped but was unaware that it was a used one. If I wanted to put a used cam chain back in this engine I'd use the one I took off in the first place. 4into1 doesn't currently have any in stock sadly, or I would have bought it there.
 

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What? David Silver Spares sells used cam chains? What the hell?!



 

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This doesn't sound like the well respected David Silvers (UK) that many of us have invested considerable sums with over the years.

Especially as they list the ( brand new aftermarket ) part at $35.95, where does the $65 fit with that ?
 

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I kid you not, friends. Here's photographic proof. They sent me a rusty, dirty, OEM cam chain in a ziplock bag with no master link. See in the screenshot that it cost me $55.00 and that shipping was $10.00. Color me unimpressed. This was from the company's US branch, by the way. Phone number in PA that forwards directly to the UK office.
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Something has gone seriously wrong there. If you contact them I would be amazed if this isn’t put right to your satisfaction very quickly.
 

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Blimey that looks like the chain from my old bicycle!

BSAKat....... I suggest you send those pics. to David Silver personally in Leiston. He did not build his highly successful and respected business selling scrap metal.
I am a regular visitor to his store and know none of them would pass off something like that. Either the bag contents were not checked or they have a rogue storeman.
 

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I can tell you with certainty that this could happen, although this example is a bit shocking for them. Last year when I was struggling with my oil flow issues on my 450, I ordered a points base (left exhaust cam bearing cap) and they sent me a used one that had some light grease inside it from the advancer and had been lightly washed and cleared to make it look new... I wrote to Chaz ([email protected]) and he made it right immediately. Sometimes they locate something from a dealer and don't open it to see the condition before re-shipping it out to the customer... honest mistake on their part, underhanded move on the part of the dealer they bought it from
 

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Wow. I would definitely contact them about this. This is not right.
 

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Thanks, fellas. I already sent an email to the address on the website asking to return it. I'll drop a line to Chaz and talk to him about it. I mean, I'm kinda bent out of shape but I know things happen and I don't even have the gaskets to put the engine back together so it's not like the cam chain is holding it up.
 

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... I mean, I'm kinda bent out of shape but I know things happen and I don't even have the gaskets to put the engine back together so it's not like the cam chain is holding it up.

You took it in strides as far as I see it. I would have been a lot less patient than you are.
 

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I should probably update, eh? DSS sent me a brand-spanking new OEM cam chain and refunded me the difference. Tonight I put a quickie hone on the cylinders with a dingleball honer and started reassembling. Does anyone know the torque rating for the long cylinder/head studs? I think it's 13 ft-lb, but I'd like to doublecheck that.
 

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Update time. Got the cam chain, rebuilt the top end, got everything buttoned up, now I'm putting the engine back in the frame. Enjoy some pictures...
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Thanks! Now all I need to do is figure out the starter cable routing beneath and forward of the engine and I'll have it running.
 

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I saw your post this morning about that - I'm not totally familiar with the 200, but most cables run under the engine along the bottom of the lower case with a clip on one of the lower case bolts usually, and then up behind the starter and over the top of it to the terminal. I've seen many put it in front of the starter because it's difficult to get behind the starter motor without unbolting it, but it can be done
 

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I have had parts from dss in the past, which had been fitted before, as opposed to being "new". I contacted them about this and they resolved the "mistake" pdq. They say they do not supply used parts. I know they buy up bankrupt/closing down stock and sometimes do not actually whats in the box for being new. It was a temp transmitter for an mtx125 in a honda box.

They have also supplied brake pads, 2 sets being ordered but only one set came in the package, again sorted PDQ.
 

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RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE!
 
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