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Do Richmonds make more noise?

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    Do Richmonds make more noise?

    Ive read that Richmond gears make more noise than Motives no matter how theyre set up. Anybody know for sure? I dont really trust the Motive gears anymore, since I broke my last set in one day. And they were set up right.

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    Richmond gears do not, brand for brand, make more noise. motive gears are imported, usually Italian, and are descent, but Richmond is made in USA. you get what you pay for, for sure. I have installed several types of gears, and a few variuous brands, and I have noted that the 3:73 Richmond in the 7.5 GM diff does make a considerable amount of noise. Don't know why that is, but if the depth guage setting and bearing preload are correct, then there isn't much more to worry about. turn the radio up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99RedRagtop View Post
    Richmond gears do not, brand for brand, make more noise.
    Yes, in fact, they do. And they make more noise for the same reason they are stronger. They are a performance gear that is cut differently.

    Were you're gears 4.10s by any chance? The pinion on those is the same size as the bearing 4.10s cause more 10 bolt failure than any other reason: they're just too small. Time for a 12 bolt / 9".

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