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Official Q&A: VRC 2022-2023: Spin Up

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Modifying the Gear Box / Motor

Zachary Bedee (Event Partner)

Are you allowed to modify the gear boxes? As in, are you allowed to either totally remove the gearboxes; from the V5 motors, and run without them or modify the gearboxes so that they have a different gear ratio?

I know we can swap between the blue, green, and red gearboxes. However, can we open up a gearbox cartridge and modify their contents?

Answered by committee

Per rule <R20d>, "... the gear cartridges found within the V5 Smart Motor are considered “part of the motor”. Therefore, any physical or functional modifications to official gear cartridges is not permitted."

For additional "edge case" clarifications regarding this rule, please also see these related Q&A's: