Starting to second guess my choice of hardened sprockets. As we all know, harder=more brittle (brittler ) The stuff that came off it is just mild steel. Of course it has a bunch of wear on it, but it's still there and working. Hardened teeth will wear like, well, hardened steel, but they will be more prone to snapping off. It darn sure won't bend! I'm gonna order ONE hardened sprocket identical to my newly broken one and two mild steel ones. If I have any more trouble with hardened, I'll swap them to mild steel.
Just removed the OTHER shaft out of the center and also the pulley off the crankshaft. Turns out that I need one side of the rear section to be apart to get that shaft out! Sorta glad I cracked a sprocket or else it'd be assembled. Sad that the pulleys are in great shape in reference to wear on the belt surface, but half of them are bent due to someone "screwdrivering" the belts on it. The bent ones have a funny wear pattern, and since smoooth engagement is moderately critical here, I'm gonna have to replace some pulleys. The idler for the engine belt is a little wobbly so I'll replace it as well. So far when I've had it running, the engine belt has been making the disengagement lever bounce and rattle all over the place. Hopefully haaving new belts and pulleys will make that stop. If not, it shall get a stronger tension spring.
The 4 belts for forward and reverse are all the same length. That was something I've been wondering about, since 2 go to one shaft and 2 go to the other. I hope that they are all SUPPOSED to be the same length. Not much room for error on belt sizing. Theres grooves in the arms of the idler levers from the pulleys contacting them, when the belts stretch too much.
Page 4? WOOT! I guess.
Edited by boostedbuick, July 04, 2012 - 02:41 PM.