I know there are purist who never want to see this rule changed but I would like to see it opened up. I believe everyone is in agreement that with the current rules an aftermarket R&P is allowed as long as it maintains one of the two stock type 1 approved ratios. When you eliminate a weak link you will find the next weakest link, I understand this. I do however think that allowing an aftermarket 1st/2nd gear/mainshaft will not compromise the integrity or put any added stress on other parts of the drive train. As I said in a prior post, allowing dual port heads has definately put added stress on an already fragile drive train. A year ago there was another pole and it seemed very obvious to me the way the majority of racers felt, open type 1 trans. It was however not moved upon by any of the sanctioning bodies. I don't know if that will change this time, but I have never been one to give up when someone tells me, this is how it is and it's not gonna change.