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Old 08-31-2003, 08:19 PM
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I am planning on switching camshafts and putting on a new set of heads soon. I will be using new pushrods, lifters, rocker arms, head bolts. My question is that my motor only has 9,000 miles on it since the rebuild, still pretty fresh. I put on a new double roller timing chain at the rebuild. Should I reuse the timing chain or should I put a new one on? Also, what is the advantages/disadvantages of running a gear drive on the street? Thanks for the help.

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Old 08-31-2003, 09:19 PM
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I know the gear drives make more noise than the timing chain. I would suggest going ahead and changing it with the rest of your stuff. Better to do it all at once and not worry about it. Just my 2 cents!
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i have heard that the gear drive allows for more accurate timing and personally i think they sound cool
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I would reuse it if its only got 9K on it.Well unless its like a spark-o-matic or something chinsy like that.
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Old 09-01-2003, 08:25 AM
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If there isn't any slop in the chain when you open it up, it should be ok.
I've had a Cloyes gear drive on the shelf for 3-4 years now. I've heard they place stress on the cam. Not confirmed. I think they are also high-rpm-challenged after about 6,000. Again, not confirmed.
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Old 09-01-2003, 09:03 AM
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You`ll find one thing about gear drives... Even the quiet ones drive you nuts after a while... A good double roller chain setup will allow you to hear any problems and keep you from having to stop every 30-40 miles to take Tylenol...
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