Peterson EZ Clutch Kit for 7" - 12" LX200GPS & 8" - 12" LX90 Telescopes
Peterson EZ Clutch Kit
Meade's design utilizes a "wet clutch" system where two steel plates engage the aluminum declination drive gear. The space between these plates is lubricated to prevent the aluminum gear from galling and having aluminum chips falling onto the worm gear drive below. The EZ Clutch Kit converts Meade's clutch design to a "dry clutch," adding a specially developed friction plate to the system.
The modification procedure is simple, and the 4 page photo illustrated instruction sheet contains detailed step by step instructions.
Peterson Engineering Product Number: EZCLUTCH
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Worth the Money!
I've installed these kits on both a Meade LX90-8" and again on an LX90-12" GPS. The kit was absolutely essential for the 8" scope... I grimaced every time I had to crank on the knob to tighten the altitude lock on the 8" scope. But the Peterson EZ clutch kit completely solved that and made it easy to use. The 12" didn't seem quite so bad, but once I installed the kit it was definitely an improvement. Installation was easy on both scopes but it obviously requires some minor disassembly. There isn't much in the kits... a custom gasket, some special grease and instructions; but, you're paying for an easy, proved solution that works and that makes it worth every penny. ---Dwight Lanpher, President of Penobscot Valley Star Gazers.
The information that came up when I searched Google didn’t give any warning that this would not work for the LX200 GPS ACF. I had to call Peterson, and they made it right.