Does anyone know of whether or not if a replacement thin tin side cover is made for the briggs animal...like those on the Chinese clone?
You do you, get the light one save the 2lbs. I believe jimbo offers a carbon fiber one if you want to go all out and save even a little more.Don't disagree with you... trying to understand why a thin one is ok on a clone but not on a briggs animal...and clones are ran everywhere and the briggs animal is basically a dead kart motor option, seems the inherent danger level is much higher with the clone but nobody seems to care, I ask about putting a thin one on a briggs animal and you wolves wanna chew me to pieces...
I run open modified with an adjustable timing billet arc flywheel....Spin
If you race a LO 206 it is illegal to use anything other than the OEM blower housing.
Some history for you: When the Animal first came out they had the thin blower housing that was between .030 and .040" thick depending on where you measured it. They also had a light weight industrial engine flywheel that weight about 32 ounces.
I had a friend / customer that used a hammer and prybars to remove his flywheel. The next time out the flywheel came apart. Fortunately, no one was hurt but the flywheel and the blower housing was destroyed.
Briggs realized the danger and almost immediately updated to a billet flywheel and the Heavy blower housing. This one is about .110" thick around the mounting holes to .080" thick at it's thinnest point.
Although I don't do clones I remember when they came out everyone was told that the flywheels with the magnet held in by one screw through the center of the magnet and some glue was completely safe. That way a huge lie since they also came apart.
Jr.A is 100 % correct in thinking that the Hd blower housing adds integrity and helps stabilize the block.
It seems foolish to me to use the light weight blower housing when the list price of the HD blower housing is only $6.00 more.
I'm guessing you can get a used HD blower housing very inexpensively.