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Old 20th-November-2012, 03:31 AM   #1
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gear drive for daily driver?

I think I have an idea of where this could go but......
Its already in the engine, Im just picking up the car, and its got a 420 hp Edelbrock top end in it with Lunati crank and pistons. Around 500 miles on them and I plan to go to a double roller chain, but that wont be for awhile.
Do you guys see any issues with driving it daily for awhile like this? Im talking 15 miles each way to work
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Old 20th-November-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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I wont hurt anything but it's going to be like riding around town with your wife nagging in your ear the whole time. I had one on my old 64 pickup and you could hear it over the cherry bombs.
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Old 20th-November-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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I'd rather hear the nagging. I hate those things but it will only drive you crazy aand not hurt anything.
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Old 20th-November-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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I think a gear drive sounds cool when one cruises by you on the road, so I put one in my 355 when I had it built. Major mistake. I couldn't even enjoy the sound of the engine for the noise the gear drive made. A round trip to Indy (about 80 miles each way) had me ready to climb a wall by the time I got home. I now have a slightly used Pete Jackson gear drive sitting in a box in the garage now and a much more mellow sounding hot rod. You may wind up liking it... as for me...not so much.

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Old 20th-November-2012, 09:56 AM   #5
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My nova has a "quiet" gear drive in it. I bought it with one installed. Let's just say it will be replaced by a chain.
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Old 20th-November-2012, 10:07 AM   #6
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Some gear drives can be near silent when set up properly. Since it's already in there just tdrive it for a while and see what you think. One of the other drawbacks is they can play hell with knock sensors.
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Old 20th-November-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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It's fine... Just noisy
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Old 20th-November-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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I'd rather hear the nagging. I hate those things but it will only drive you crazy aand not hurt anything.
I am the same as you, can't stand them and never had one.
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Replace it when you can Adam. Two guys I know had them come apart and do some pretty good damage, besides the annoying howl they are not trust worthy in my book!!!
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Replace it when you can Adam. Two guys I know had them come apart and do some pretty good damage, besides the annoying howl they are not trust worthy in my book!!!
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I'd rather hear the nagging.


Get rid of them as soon as possible. Besides the noise, gear drives are not good for engine harmonics.
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Get rid of them as soon as possible. Besides the noise, gear drives are not good for engine harmonics.
i read in super chevy that was proven to be a myth....just sayin
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Old 23rd-November-2012, 02:13 PM   #13
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The sound levels can vary depending on the manufacturer & whether they are the regular, or the "noisy" version. I personally don't like them for a daily driver due to noise and reliability, and would prefer a belt drive for race application.

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Old 23rd-November-2012, 10:05 PM   #14
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I have one in my gasser and like the sound.. I LIKE MINE LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS!! (daily driver probably not)

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I wondered what's the difference between the "quiet" and the noisy gear drives; do they make helical cut drives or only straight cut ? Some Honda motorcycles had split gears that were spring loaded to remove slop and make their cam drives quiet. Maybe there's a market...
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