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Old 08-01-2004, 09:50 AM
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Bronze Dist Gear

I have a Comp Cams steel roller cam with a bronze distributor gear. The thing is, it is wearing at an alarming rate - I know they don't last long, but surely there must be another material to use - when I changed the oil after running in and left it to stand I saw gold like dust in the bottom.

Anyone know of an alternative, can I use steel ?

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My buddy had the exact same problem with the motor in his car. We switched it out for a steel gear and Viola' ....no more problems.
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Bronze gear?!?

Jesus, comp doesnt seem to know how to make anything lately do they?

Just like everyone installing bronze valve guides because bronze has a better rate of wear(or so people think) and they wonder why they need to replace them at 10,000miles. They dont stop to consider that the bronze is much softer than Iron and doesnt take to lateral motion too well. If it was a perfect world and the valve went completely up and down and had no sidways movement on the sides of the valve guide, then sure it would last longer.

Okay I'll shut up now.
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Yes, the bronze gears wear fast but it's better to change a $20 gear than a $275 and a $20 gear. Excessive oil pressure will increase the wear. These steel billet cams were not intended to be ran on the street. Talk to the cam grinder. They can make you a street roller ground on a special cast iron core. Another option is that they can make you a steel billet cam with a press fit cast iron gear. These cams will let you use a standard distributor gear.
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