Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northfield, Illinois
Once --- ONLY once, I flipped a 1600 ring gear over on a race engine. There were bevel cuts on the drive side originally,while flipped, the teeth were square. Started, the spruel drive did not disengage, un-noticed because of the open exhaust. The first time the driver blipped the throttle, the starter exploded, and took out a large hunk of the bell-housing, along with the steel reinforcing plate. The starter was a new 1750 3 bolt, that I was using on my own car until I loaned it to the flipped ring gear owner. As I was standing next to the car when the starter exploded, I thought, "Oh my!" ( not my exact thought.), and have NEVER FLIPPED A RING GEAR AGAIN, though I know many that do this and claim no ill effect. My thought is that the bevel is cut into the ring gear teeth for a reason, to help kick the drive gear out of engagement. IF BOTH SIDES of your ring gear have square cut teeth, the drive gear is designed to get itself disengaged, and you will have no problem, but if not, .... why mess with fate?
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