Re: [DML] Re: WANTED: Angle Drive
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Re: [DML] Re: WANTED: Angle Drive

There are actually quite a few of us having the same problem, David.  For us early-adopters of the new angle drive, we found that many of them had problems with the gears.  I've had at least 6 of them, and almost always the gears would jam while spinning the drive in my hand, before putting it on the car!  -As  result, I highly doubt the problem is with another component.
This was such a problem that DMCH started running angle drives on a test jig before selling them to customers.  Some would get hot and break, others would be fine and be sold.  I guess I was just unlucky, because even the jig-tested ones broke for me.  I've heard many people who haven't had a problem with them, but I suspect it is due to the amount I drive my car.
The longest lasting one I had was 8000 miles.  While this might be ok for several years on most DeLoreans, that barely lasts me 4 or 5 months.
My solution was to Frankenstein my original drive gears, with a repaired input shaft, in a DMCH casing with the grease fitting.  I built this with no expectations out of frustration.  However, 45,000 miles later, it still shows no sign of quitting!
With that said, I must mention that Warren was very accommodating with replacements.  You asked below: "How many more can you expect?" --to which I would answer: "As many as it takes to get the product I was sold."
Because I still don't like the idea of what I made that has been working all this time, if DMCH remakes them, I wouldn't hesitate to try one out.  It was only $60 or so.  -The same goes for Rob's HC angle drive.  DMCH and Rob are both small outfits who must contract out the work of remaking a lot of complicated parts.  As long as they stand behind the product and work with us to improve it, there's nothing to do but be pissed at their supplier.  
Jake Kamphoefner

----- Original Message ----
From: David Teitelbaum <jtrealty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 7:46:07 PM
Subject: [DML] Re: WANTED: Angle Drive

The speedometer in the Delorean is not that sophisticated. It does not
have the plastic shield over the odometer and it does not have a
reverse lock-out. Most speedometers are calibrated to read 60 MPH when
the input is turning at 1,000 RPM. I do not know if the Delorean is to
be calibrated this way but most cars are. If a post did come loose
inside it may not jam up the works all the time. It may only happen as
you drive and make turns and go over bumps. No one is having the same
problem with angle drives from DMCH so you may have a problem specific
to your car. If the speedometer IS jamming up the weakest link will
keep breaking (the angle drive). As for DMCH's good intentions, THEY
SENT YOU 4 OF THEM!!!!! How many more can you expect?
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757 

--- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, Videobob Moseley <videobob@.. .> wrote:
> I tried connecting my high speed Makita drill to the lower cable and
running it in both directions.
> It runs the speedo at 65 MPH.
> I let it run for a few minutes.
> I also found that when you run it backwards the numbers count off!!!
> Everything seems to move without resistance.
> The angle drive however, when you try to move it in the reverse
position it locks up.
> It is the gears of the angle drive that bind up.
> I hate to trash talk DMCH's good intentions, but I have had 4 of
these do this to me.
> Most of them never make it out of the driveway.
> They say they are making new one's and I hope they are better quality.
> - VB
> To: dmcnews@...: jtrealty@... : Tue, 20 Nov 2007 16:17:53
+0000Subject: [DML] Re: WANTED: Angle Drive

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