[DML] Angle Drive
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[DML] Angle Drive

Interesting information on that James, thanks!

>From the documentation do you have any idea where the part was sourced from, and if it was used on other European vehicles??

I ask because it may add some credibility to the argument that the part was engineered to be mounted on the right side of the car, and being mounted on the left side of the DeLorean could be a reasonable explanation as to the higher failure rate we have seen.  Having never had one apart, I don't know if the gears are cut such that they would have less resistance going one direction versus the other?  Or maybe the lubrication would flow better in one direction versus the other?  Or, maybe this IS rocket surgery (or brain science)!

After going to John's web site to look for the information on his angle drives (and could only locate a photograph, but no detail information other than it is bigger), I did notice that his mounted in the left wheel would have the grease fitting on top, where the original ones have it on the bottom....  However, if the original one were mounted in the right wheel, the lubrication fitting would be on the top.    I will admit,  having the fitting on top and the larger size does *seem* (or, give the uneducated impression) that it is a better designed part.  Although that may not make it true.  Time will tell I guess!

I never paid much attention to the grease fitting (original ones just had a screw I think??) before, but it does add credibility to the theory that our angle drives were designed for RHD cars.

John;  I'd still love to see some more detail on what design improvements were made on your unit.  Clearly it is bigger, but I have not done any autopsies on angle drives to understand how and why they fail.  An explanation on the design improvements on your unit would be most helpful for those of us looking to purchase this part for the upcoming season.  You are asking us to wait for your part, which I am willing to do, if it is clear what is better about it.  If there is more information on your website I am missing, can you send out the direct link?

James;  You had said previously that the last batch of angle drives had no returns.  Could you provide any information on what improvements were made to the part over the various iterations of it?  Is there a way to identify which version I have?

Where is Rick (twin Engine man..)??  Maybe he can do an unbiased comparison for us, like he did with the door struts!

I'd be happy to do one, just sent me some free samples!!  :)
Martin-  I can include you too, if you want.


--- On Fri, 3/13/09, James Espey <james@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Marc asked about a cost-effective "good" angle
> drive. Bill R used some math over at DMCTalk where the unit
> cost was divided by the warranty coverage. For our unit,
> that equates to about 16.4 cents per day.
> I looked up the original DMC prices for the angle drive.
> Dealer retail in Sep 82 was $19.67 - not sure what, if any
> warranty was available on a dealer part like that. I also
> looked up what the factory paid for the angle drives, and as
> of April 82, they were $6.02 each. 
> James



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