Dirt Sports - September 2008 - (Page 80)
SIZE MATTERS: This comparision of input shafts shows a marked difference between the smaller unit for the Mendeola 2D (top) and the massive S4/S5D piece (below). BEEFY BEARINGS: One big area of importance for installers is in the area of the throw-out bearing. Kind of surprisingly, the Mendeola gearbox uses a modified late model VW throw-out bearing. Harold replaces the stock inner sleeve with a new, larger brass unit. This is to compensate for the larger input shaft necessitated by the use of sequential gears. off-the shelf item, but rather a modernday, high-tech marriage of a manufactur- er (Mendeola), a separate gear supplier (Weddle Industries) and a talented builder/retailer (Rancho Performance) that brings the best of each together in one incredible, and incredibly strong package. It is inexpensive? Hell no! At just over $16,000, it is the most expensive component on the car by far. But, when you look at all this engineering and reliability, it seems almost like a bargain. We spent a great day with the guys at Rancho screwing it all together. Here is a better look at our Project Plug N’ Play Mendeola S5D. SOURCES Mendeola Transaxles, Inc. San Diego, CA 619-710-8800 MendeolaTransaxles.com Weddle Industries Goleta, CA 805-562-8600 Rancho Performance Fullerton, CA 714-680-6737 RanchoPerformanceTrans.com 80 Dirt Sports Magazine I The Voice of Off-Road Motorsports
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