You are confusing points. The drop gears (3) are a separate entity to the gear set.
the gears you need to run will be to suit your cam profile and the rough that you will select a suitable final drive. Straight cut gearsets don’t have the same ratios as a standard gear set as they tend to be designed to be used with a NA engine with a cam that comes on higher up the rev range. And then a final drive ratio is picked to get the moving in first. The drop gears can have different ratios to standard which can be an easier option to swap out than swapping the CW/P.
you need to look at what your power curve is and what you want to use it for.
then put the info into the gear calculator on Guessworks and see what you get. Don’t forget to ref it back to a standard set up so you can see the changes.
Sorry of course, I now understand whet you are talking about.
I remember ages ago when I started the rebuild, communicating with John Guess and a few others about the Drop Gear ratio. I seem to remember know that Primary Gears come in various teeth numbers but didn't realise (or forgot) that the Idler and and 1st motion gear also differed?
Looking at the MiniSpares catalogues as a reference Primary Gears come (or used to) in two flavours - 29 tooth and 30 tooth (economy) (no listed as N/A).
The idler gear is only listed as 37 tooth
The first motion or drive gear also in two flavours 29 tooth and 28 tooth (economy)
I seem to recall that my Gearbox (which came from a 1989 1.3 Mk 2 Metro) had a 30 tooth Primary Gear and a 28 tooth - both economy (but I need to double check). These were what I was intending to use?
I did have a 2.95 Diff, but swapped this for a 3.44. I have now removed it and will be fitting a 3.1 Cross Pin Diff.
A set of Drop Gears has come up on FB with a 22 tooth primary gear but a 24 tooth first motion gear and a 30 tooth idler?
If Iv'e got this correct, using John Guess's Ratio Calculator, with my existing gear set and the 3.44 Diff, in 4th gear at 5000RPM reads 88MPH, however with the 3.1 Diff this increases to 98MPH. Swap out the Drop Gears for these Straight Cut 22/24 and it drops to 84MPH at 5000RPM.
All theoretical, but I could do with some help selecting the optimum gearing for this proposed engine / torque output?
If Helical Gears will be OK then that would limit the noise output, however if Straight Cut Drop gears are needed because of the increased Torque then I will have to look at those.
This will be a weekend car with maybe a Track Session once a year (Castle Combe) - I am not a speed freak
Edited by JonnyAlpha, 24 December 2021 - 04:30 PM.