In Reply to: Re: a timing question posted by Darren M on April 25, 2002 at 12:45:42:
From my experience when my chain got changed both the cam and crank sprocket wheels were getting well worn (at 79K miles) - these should be changed at the same time as the chains and preferably have the head checked over and new valve seals etc fitted.
Fitting an improved part like the E36 tensioner will probably help it to last longer, but in the end you will have to have the engine overhauled eventually. I suppose it depends on how long you want to chance your luck?
The other thing to bear in mind is the bearing shells - I've heard more bad things happen due to these than due to the chain breaking!
P.S. Just because it's basically a racing engine doesn't mean it's any stronger - most race engines have a very short lifespan.