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Author Topic:   lightened gears
dchaught
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted May 22, 2002 09:39 AM
Richmond Gear is in the process of researching the market for a new group of "lightened gears" they are considering making for certain applications. They are trying to determine if this would be useful to anyone. There would obviously be some additional cost involved, but I think the benefits would be great in our business. Those racers using a Ford 9" would be able to put a little more power to the ground due to reduced rotating mass, and would be able to put the weight elsewhere on the car where it is needed. No, I do not work for Richmond, but I do work for Summit Racing, a major distributor of Richmond products. Any feedback would be very useful. Thanks.

6pack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted May 22, 2002 09:23 PM
Other manufacturers have been making them for a good while now, at a price only a little higher than Richmond gets for their regular gears.

awkwardjeff
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 458
posted May 24, 2002 03:05 AM
The cost differance from a re-seller in $75 for a lightened ring gear. I spend a hour in the shop turning it on the lathe myself.

For those of you wanting to turn your own you can achieve this on a brake rotor lathe.
A little slow, and more hands on.....but will get the job done.

As for Richmand getting into the game.....that's fine, that is what the customer wanted already.......they are just a little slow in responding to the customers needs...........5 years ago I wouldn't put a set of gears together unless it was a Richmand.........today I would say it's a waste of money to pay extra, for a saturday night racer. I believe Richmand make a Superior product, at a premium price. The average Saturday night guy can use almost any good gear set out the and with the proper set-up and oil control the gears life span is only effected slightly.

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