Hi - I have had some difficulty dating my TLR, I believe it is quite an early model, grey import from Japan to Oz. Engine MD09E 1005839.
I decided to replace timing chain and guides ....no problems with the chain but the guides (Chinese off ebay) I have appear to be too short. They have correct numbers ie: Replaces OEM Part Number: 14500-427-000 (Tensionser), 14550-427-000 (Guide)
But front guide only just sits in position and rear there is no way I can install top bolt .....at least 5mm short. Do these stretch. Pics below show old guides v new guides. Base and head gasket are correct thickness. Do you think they are just too short or am I missing something?