Re: Installing Gear Drive, Cleveland
Yep, concur with above statements. And yes, you're probably thinking "bugger", I just forked out $300. You can sell it in the paper.
I just removed my JP Performance gear drive 2 weeks ago. It had been in for 2 years and was starting to make some suspicious abnormal sounds. After removal, the faces on the idler gears and crank sprocket were chewed out. I caught it before some major damage could have occurred, ie: teeth letting go, metal bits in sump etc.
I was ONCE under the impression that they were the only way to go, but this is only for a RACE/DRAG car, not a daily driver OR a car definitely only driven small trips on weekends. One website says they're good for a lifetime but that's absolute BS IMO. Yes you can fit one, but be prepared to remove it later.
One other point mentioned previously is that the noise/vibration is transferred to the crank and bearings and doesn't do you any favours when driven hours at a time. Recommend a Rollmaster double row 9 keyway chain, only $100.
Here's some pics of my chewed out gear drive.
393 Tremec TKO 9"