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Old 02-06-2002, 06:05 AM
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I had the shop put a new gear set from Summit Racing in the rear end of my ford (3.50). (These are summit gears) The shop said the gears will not set up right and it is because the gears are not made very well. They said the coast and/or the load will not set up the same. They tried everything, including no shims at all. They used the words "cheap gears". They said I should get Richmond Gears or some other well know ones and they would set up just fine. What gives? Does Summit really make junk gears? Did I get what I payed for?
My shipping charges to Summit are quickly out costing the cost of a new gear set. Please help!

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Old 02-06-2002, 08:51 AM
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you need to find a shop that knows how to set up
that ford rear end. folks like summit do not sell
junk.they just sell enough to. have a private label.it works lige this.when you go to the
tire store and can not afford the one that says
brigestone on it but you can afford the one that
says lamons you are getting the same tire in a
private label.
most private label gears come from prescion gear
they are used by more shops than any kind.
i am a retierd ase master tech that did gears only
for 30+years. if you can not get your gears to
set up you better check the houseing.
i doubt any problem tho becouse after setting
pinion depth.you only set back spacing and check
the load pattern. if that is right all is right
odds are they have totaly missed on the pinion
settings. i would go some plase else.
pat
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I've purchased a lot of stuff from Summit over the years and they've never sold junk. The gears in my pro-street car are Summit gears and if memory serves, I think they're made by Richmond Gear under the Summit name. Then again I'm over 50 so I could be wrong.
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Ihave never known summit to sell junk(but i have had problems with 1 ring and pinion set that had lateral runout in excess of.005 and that was a richmond gear set) so all i sell and install now is percission gear set . but for ford 8.8 rear ends I love ford motorsports parts ,they set up great . with minimal problems. p.s. i set up at least 100 sets a year.(try a motorsport set man ithink you will be pleased) and get a shop that knows what is going on to set it up.
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I wouldn't rule out that there is a problem with what you bought, but Summit (and Jegg's) have good reliability history. Have someone who knows what they are doing work with your gear set.
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