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    Ring and Pinion Opinions

    Richmond, Motive, Performance...

    I'm having to replace the ring and pinion (wish I could afford a 9" but there's no way I can do that right now). Anyone have better or worse experiences? I know the Richmonds are loud, but I want to make sure I get a gear that will last more than 8 months... no, seriously, 8 months and I didn't even drag it. Thanks for the opinions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bberretta View Post
    Richmond, Motive, Performance...

    I'm having to replace the ring and pinion (wish I could afford a 9" but there's no way I can do that right now). Anyone have better or worse experiences? I know the Richmonds are loud, but I want to make sure I get a gear that will last more than 8 months... no, seriously, 8 months and I didn't even drag it. Thanks for the opinions!
    Gears aren't loud if they're set-up the right way. No gear set is going to last if installed wrong.

    Richmonds and motives are good choices.

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    Richmonds are notorious for a little whine, no matter how they are setup. If setup poorly/improperly they will scream. Mine just had a little whine, not bad, nothing real noticable- I noticed just because I'm picky like that.

    I'm just hoping for something a little sturdier to last me a while until I have the ability to get the funds up for a 9". I'm looking at a Motive gear- looks like adding a better clutch and the 315's sorta' takes it toll quickly. I just didn't expect 1 week after tires were mounted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bberretta View Post
    Richmonds are notorious for a little whine, no matter how they are setup. If setup poorly/improperly they will scream. Mine just had a little whine, not bad, nothing real noticable- I noticed just because I'm picky like that.

    I'm just hoping for something a little sturdier to last me a while until I have the ability to get the funds up for a 9". I'm looking at a Motive gear- looks like adding a better clutch and the 315's sorta' takes it toll quickly. I just didn't expect 1 week after tires were mounted!
    All 4th gen f-body 10 bolts whine a little bit if you pay attention to it,even stock gears brand new from the factory.

    I just installed a set of richmond 3.73's in my buddy's Trans Am. They whined less ,if at all, than my car's stock 3.23 factory gears did right off the showroom floor.

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    Any decent power is going to break a 10 bolt no matter what brand or set-up.

    If I did munch up my 10 bolt,I probably wouldn't put any money in it.I'd park the car till I had the funds for a 9 or a 12 bolt....just sayin

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    I'd love to hold off until I could afford a 9" but this 'bird is my daily and if I don't get to work, I don't get paid. If I don't get paid, I can't save up for the 9". See- catch 22.

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    Richmond gears certainly can be loud, even when set up correctly. Meaning depth and backlash.

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    Took cover off the rear- not pretty. Missing teeth on ring and pinion and a quarter size chunk taken out of the posi. Needless to say, ordering 9". Looking for buyer for kidney on Bolivian black market to help pay for it...

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