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Offline john.Stolkum

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peerless 400 setup
« on: December 31, 2017, 02:41:37 PM »
I'm tying to get some information on setting up a peerless 400 transmission for use in a go kart build, the only things I have set in stone is that I'm using this transmission an 8 horse briggs and stratton horizontal shaft engine, a centrafugal clutch and chain drive everything else is flexible

I want this thing to have a long service life as possible as replacing it means a different trans as I doubt I'm going to find another one of these based on the info I have been able to gather

What I know is its a 400, which means it has needle bearings which is a plus and the gear ratios are roughly 6:1 for 1st, 4:1 for 2nd, 3:1 for 3rd and reverse seems to be 3.5:1 which makes no sense I would have thought reverse would be about the same as first

So what I need to know is what kind of oil or mix should I put in it after I tear down and clean it

is it better too spin the trans fast or or keep the rpm low

can it be operated when turned on end like I've seen done with the 700s

can I use the trans backwards (i.e. input as the output and output as input)

This is a mild build general use kart I don't really need to go more than 30 or 40mph tops

I have been having trouble finding specific info about this
Any help is greatly appreciated



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Re: peerless 400 setup
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 02:25:38 AM »
A whole month and 118 different views and nobody and nothing. Not even somebody getting mad at me for it not being a lawnmower project

Thanks for nothing

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Re: peerless 400 setup
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 10:09:46 AM »
I just typed in 400 peerless in "Search Box" in upper left hand corner and found 85 posts about those transmissions,i would think you could answer your question there!!!!!
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Re: peerless 400 setup
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 11:50:26 PM »
400 trans will last a long time. I use 75/140w but you could just use 80/90. You can use both sides of output. Thereís a parts list on Here for all the bearings and washers, seals. Iíve never turned one on itís side , wonít last long as it wonít get oil to needle bearings on pinion shaft. I put a 1/8th pipe thread drain plug in bottom and a breather vent on top, then you good to go. Iíve put all kinds of rpm on trans never blew one up yet.
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Re: peerless 400 setup
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 12:27:40 PM »
A whole month and 118 different views and nobody and nothing. Not even somebody getting mad at me for it not being a lawnmower project

Thanks for nothing

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