Haha, yeah, even McMaster doesn't carry class 10.9 in the size I need... They have them in class 8.8, but that wouldn't accomplish much.
I hear you on the costs. Even I was too much of a cheap skate for PPGs and settled for an imported STi 5mt. The more I look at the layout of the case around that pinion gear and seeing xdrian's cracked case pictures, I'm really thinking the case design is causing some trouble in that area.