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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted May 22, 2002 09:41 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.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted May 22, 2002 09:48 PM
Great idea! If they'll live?

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted May 22, 2002 09:53 PM
i beleive someone has something like this available and this is not a richmond original idea. however im sure they will make them too. it would be foolish not to try and keep up with the demand of the market.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted May 22, 2002 11:24 PM
"Motive" gears sell a lightened set. Don't know about others.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 193
posted May 23, 2002 02:57 PM
Speedway Motors offers a lightened gear that weighs 2.6 lbs less than the regular gear with it costing an extra $75 over the price of the gear set. If anyone has a lathe large enough to put the ring gear on centers this can be done at home. Here's a web addy for the gear. 714%2C8026498%2C91044140%2C91048340%2C91048341%2C91048342%2C91048343%2C91081005%2C912S18833V%2C91600013%2C91908%2C9190910%2C&header%5Ftitle=Race+Products%2DRing+%26+Pinion&page%5Fn ame=prod%5Flist%5Fdisplay%2Easp&search%5Ftype=L2%7E97&size1=&size2=&gender=&ShowImages=yes&sq=0&cont=1&intPgNo=1&mscssid=K5324NSDMPNW9MEM2PHK6CBKD5VWDJC3

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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted May 23, 2002 05:24 PM
I'm not Mr. Machinist but arn't gears too hard for turning? I think you would need a lathe and grinder. Seems it would be easier for the factory to do it before they harden the gears.

old racer
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted May 23, 2002 07:37 PM
It can be done in a lathe, but is very hard on both the machine and tooling. Most folks will be way ahead at paying for the service.

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