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A must for any competition engine build, the MED roller bearing drop gear sets use a highly durable roller bearing/spindle design for the idler gear. 

The idler gear roller bearing runs on the steel support shaft fitted into the gearbox casing, with a steel top hat spacer to replace the idler bearing within the flywheel housing, which encapsulates the idler gear assembly when fitted. There is no need for any idler gear shimming, as all tolerances are taken up within the gear assembly.

Straight-cut drop gears are stronger and more reliable than the standard helical design, with less side-loading effect. 

MED roller bearing drop gear features

  • Primary gear tooth width is now 17.2 mm long, an increase of 2.4 mm, to give more contact area between the primary gear and idler gear to greatly reduce tooth wear.
  • A fully-floating primary gear bush, which is retained by a flat section circlip to help reduce primary bush failure.
  • The idler gear has an integral roller bearing, running on fixed axis within the gearbox and flywheel housings – probably the strongest and most reliable available for the A-Series transmission.
  • Extra wide input gear teeth to give greater tooth contact between both idler gear and input gear, again to help reduce tooth wear. 


Gear set choice

We can supply alternative ratio sets by changing the primary gear/input gear. See the Additional Information tab for more on changing drop gear ratios. If you're satisfied with your current gear ratios, select the 1:1 option.

Both 1275cc and 998cc sets can be chosen from the drop down menu above. For reference, A-plus sets have a 22 mm idler gear shaft and pre-A-plus have a 19 mm idler shaft. 

For fast road applications we would recommend setting the primary and idler gear end float between 0.004-inch to 0.006-inch. For competition, a marginally larger tolerance may be suitable - contact us if you're unsure.  


The MED drop gear sets are available in three different ratios, which can be used to tweak the final drive ratio. Changing the effective final drive ratio will either improve acceleration or top speed potential, although one will always come at the expense of the other.

We can do this by changing the tooth count on either the idler gear or primary gear to 23 or 24 teeth. The idler gear in the middle remains at 30 teeth regardless.