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Unread 10-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default 8:1 Gears with Plowman's YDR Performance Kit

Hello,

I have a 2009 Yamaha G29 and I just installed the Plowman's performance Kit. Awesome power gain for climbing hills and am now hitting 30-32 mph.

Just wondering if anyone has also installed 8:1 gears with this kit. How much will it affect low end power.

My cart has the Jakes long travel kit with 23" tires.

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Unread 10-07-2019, 10:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: 8:1 Gears with Plowman's YDR Performance Kit

That's a great question for Don Plowman, I'm sure he's done it.

IMO adding 8:1 gears should only be used to lower your engine rpm, not raising ground speed. Even a nicely built cart is dangerous above 35 mph, just be cautious. And adding high speed gears will take some low end grunt away. Most big block powered cars can still work well, but I'm not sure about stock engines. I know you have the Plowmans treatment, but you will likely feel the strain on low speed steep inclines. Most conditions you will probably be ok.
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Unread 10-07-2019, 11:16 AM   #3
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Default Re: 8:1 Gears with Plowman's YDR Performance Kit

Thanks for the quick reply yeah I am getting a tac today to see what rpms Im running around 30 mph witch is good cruising speed and just want to lower the rpm at that speed to its easier on the motor. I will have to reach out to Don.

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Unread 10-07-2019, 12:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: 8:1 Gears with Plowman's YDR Performance Kit

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IMO adding 8:1 gears should only be used to lower your engine rpm, not raising ground speed. Even a nicely built cart is dangerous above 35 mph, just be cautious.
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Unread 10-07-2019, 12:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: 8:1 Gears with Plowman's YDR Performance Kit

I suggest against it, and I bet Don would too. 8:1 is too much gear for off-road sized tires. Performance would suffer too much.
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