Lotus Elan

Prepping a tranny

PostPost by: pinsx3 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:49 am

My engine builder guru contends that a CR box wont last at 8000-9000 rpm.
There is some bearing that slings all its oil off and sh*ts the proverbial
bed spreading the gearbox oh-so-neatly all over the track and in the car.
He sez that only a dog box or equivalent will do. Are there any mods to
this bearing that will stop all this madness? Pete
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PostPost by: roadterror » Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:25 am

Hi Pete,

What'd be the difference between the CR box and the dog box? Both would
still be running on the same bearing. Although, the dog box would most
definitely be running with s/c gears... so it's not just the issue of the
bearing but more the load that it carries?

Cheers,
Brian

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My engine builder guru contends that a CR box wont last at 8000-9000 rpm.
There is some bearing that slings all its oil off and sh*ts the proverbial
bed spreading the gearbox oh-so-neatly all over the track and in the car.
He sez that only a dog box or equivalent will do. Are there any mods to
this bearing that will stop all this madness? Pete






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PostPost by: rgh0 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:58 am

My engine builder guru contends that a CR box wont last at 8000-
9000 rpm.

There is some bearing that slings all its oil off and sh*ts the
proverbial

bed spreading the gearbox oh-so-neatly all over the track and in
the car.

He sez that only a dog box or equivalent will do. Are there any
mods to

this bearing that will stop all this madness? Pete


Pete

3 basic style of box internals available for your elan

a. Orginal lotus / ford, close or semi close ratio - helical gears
syncro change , sleeve bearings on third motion shaft gears.

b. Racing conversion, various ratio sets -straight cut gears, syncro
change , needle bearings on 3rd motion shaft gears

c. As for b. but using dog change rather than syncro change.

I have run type a. and b. boxes in 8300 rpm engines that occasionally
get accidently overrevved into the 9000 rpm area. Never had a bearing
failure in lots of miles of either. I moved from orginal boxes to
straight cut boxes due to fatigue failure of the more delicate
helical gear teeth ( and the age of the avialalbe orginal internals
as they are all second hand now) compared to new and the more robust
inherent design of straight cut gear sets.

If buildng a serious 8000 to 9000 rpm engine then I would recomend
going to a racing conversion rather than orginal for reliability and
choice of ratio but this is driven more from the HP and torque your
putting though it rather than gear box speed and the use of needle
bearings in the racing conversions.

Use of a dog box versus syncro box is really a matter of personal
preference. All the true hard core racers say dog boxes are stronger
and change quicker. However the dogs wear quickly if your gear change
technique is not perfect at matching the revs. The pros whose gear
change techique is not good using dog boxs here in OZ wear out the
dogs in one race ! I think people who use dog boxes are those who
have sponsors to pay for the rebuilds.

I may be wrong with all of the above and your engine guru right. I
have never run a gear box with an engine that regularily is driven to
a 9000rpm limit and maybe all my experience breaks down at 8500rpm.
Then again if you have the time and money to do rebuilds after every
2nd raceweekend which is whats required with a 9000rpm engine then
you can also do gear box rebuilds at the same frequency.



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PostPost by: pinsx3 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 5:18 pm

Rohan: Actually -- I don't know how I ended up in this situation. I wanted
to build a really really reliable elan racer. Something fast in a vintage
context to play with all the illegal 356 porsche's.

So now I have a $15,000 all steel motor good to 9 grand and 170 hp -- stage
three. I want to race occasionally, drive occasionally, and just have fun,
but not worry about my engine popping a cork! So now it goes like this. If
you have elan, you need the motor, then you need the sump, then the drive
shafts, then you need the diff mountings, then you need the wheels blah blah
blah. Then at a certain point it sounds like, hey now you have a 170 hp
race elan and its gonna break the gearbox -- either because of power or
because of rpm. Then, even if I move to a dog box, I'll break that cuz I
can't shift. Yikes. I should have stuck with 7000 rpm.

Now, I hear that you can't do turn 3A at Pacific Raceways without a drysump
or it'll smoke the motor.

It's a vicious circle! I tellya! ;-)
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PostPost by: twincamracing » Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:27 pm

to play with all the illegal 356 porsche's.

they say that about all the fast cars ;)



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