Originally Posted by LastResort
...but they are all Texa$...
Yeah that's kind of the problem. I could build a pretty sweet test rig with enough money. But my reinforcements are not going to be the most expensive aftermarket parts out there, so I'd have to make a lot of them just to break even on paying for a (conservative) $5k+ test rig plus a mountain of broken transmissions I'd probably generate during testing. Not to mention the load of hours it would take me to build it... And I'm not precisely sure what kind of demand there is for them yet, I know there are some interested folks, but I doubt there is enough demand to warrant many thousands of R&D dollars... At least not when my humble little test setup pretty much already generated the major bits of data that I needed.
Heck, even the little rig I made was probably enough to put some serious hurt on a subaru 5mt... At 300 ft./lbs. the input shaft had twisted to an alarming angle when it had to soak up 100% of the input torque against bound output shafts. I honestly think a few cycles with another 50ft./lbs. or so would have snapped something.