At Monday's meeting we had a good discussion on what we should use for
next year's drivetrain. We considered belts but couldn't come up with
a good solution so many of you were in favor of a chain and sprocket
design. I did some more research on the belts and found that it is
possible to do a complete belt drive. If you have time read through
these links, there is a lot of good information there. After reading
all of this I think it is the best way to go.
This is an overview of the type of belt we would use. It says that
these belts match the capacity of a chain of the same width. One of
our issues on Monday was that a belt would be too wide, but apparently
This is a good article comparing belts to chain.
These belts are being used on bicycles instead of chains.
In one of the links above it says that these belts are ideal for
applications that experience shock loading, which is what caused our
current gearbox to fail. Also keep in mind that the team who told us
about this company said that they give belts to Baja teams for free.
So read this stuff over and let me know if you have any comments or
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UVM SAE Mini Baja 2009-2010
nothin' mini about it