Originally Posted by CoveBikr View Post
The design of the gear mesh is a high wear type anyway. The design of the OPDA gear is supposed to use a less hardened steel so that if the mesh is poor or there is wear, it will wear the weaker (easier to replace) OPDA gear.
Just because the OPDA gear is razor thin and mangled doesn't necessarily mean the camshaft gear will be the same. When you look in the engine at the camshaft gear, you want to look for the meat of the tooth. How thick is it? There will be surface wear and there will be wear on the tips/edges, but it's the center of the tooth you want to look at. If it's thin, than your camshaft gear is ruined and you're on borrowed time.
Here is a repost of the gear area. Both of these gears have wear and edges on the ends, but they still have a thick tooth. It's hard to tell with the lower pic, but you'll see it when you have yours out. I could see mine clearly when I pulled it, but it had the "stone washed" wear spot like the above pic.