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    Default 280zx speedometer pinion gear swap

    I have a late model 280zx 5speed and a 4:11 diff in my 240z and I'd like to correct the speedometer error (~10% high). A 20-tooth (red) pinion is needed but I'm having difficulty finding one. Courtesy only stocks up to the 19-tooth, which I now have. Any suggestions where to obtain one? Are there any other issues I should be aware of besides having to drain the trans first?

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    A place to buy:

    http://www.nissanpartszone.com/parts...703-78104.html

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    I believe HS30-H provided the scanned photo of the part numbers while Leon found the site to purchase them. I have no personal experience buying from them, but I wouldn't hesitate to. They seem legit.

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    If you are about 10% off, you may need the 21 tooth pinion gear, which has ~10% more teeth than the 19 tooth pinion gear. If so, will need the special housing that grretc reflects in his post for the larger pinion gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grretc View Post
    A place to buy:

    http://www.nissanpartszone.com/parts...703-78104.html

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    I believe HS30-H provided the scanned photo of the part numbers while Leon found the site to purchase them. I have no personal experience buying from them, but I wouldn't hesitate to. They seem legit.
    You are correct! I got a 21T and it was something like $25 shipped.
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    Thanks for the help. The pinion and 2 new seals were $31 shipped. I'm still a little concerned about the pinion being a larger diameter. The engineer in me says the gears should bind. Is my concern unwarranted?

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    Your concern is unwarranted. The pinion shaft is slightly offset in the body allowing for different size pinions, by rotatong the whole body.

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    Just what I wanted to hear (see?). Thanks. Also looking forward to stopping the speedometer cable leak with the new seals.

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    Ironhelix, I am hoping you bought the speedo sleeve assy. for 20 to 23 teeth pinion gears, part #32707-66300, otherwise will not fit in the smaller pinion gear housing and the gears will bind. Read what it says about the larger tooth gears in ggretc's post above; http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/a...8&d=1051876395. The larger pinion gears will fit in the pinion gear housing for the smaller 19 tooth or less gears, but the teeth will not line up correctly in the tranny.
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    Thanks, I'm glad I asked. Looks like I have another part to order...

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