oh, glad you brought my attention to the edit, so it's only .015" off? I thought I had read somewhere that the slop above the stock gear was .030" and that the new gear would have put it at .090", which is where I came up with .060". No matter, I can figure that out myself when I get to it, put that engineering degree to work, lol.
By "easy enough", I meant easy enough to comprehend the process...I HATE drilling holes in round objects. I can use a punch but I'm not confident that I could do it right without having it clamped in a drill press.
Band-aid the inevitable...the inevitable being replacing the camshaft I assume...
Has it been determined whether the '05> camshaft is the same as the <'04 part? The suckage would be truly immense to replace the cam and retrofit the old drive gear only to discover that the 05+ cam gear was what was doing the damage all along. And it wouldn't surprise me one bit for any car manucfaturer to try to blame the OPDA instead of the cam because it's so much less expensive and labor intensive to replace.
As long as the shafts are the same, we should be able to feel confident that a new cam and the old gear retrofitted onto the OPDA is a permanent fix.
I'll be interested to see how your new gear lasts...and mine
...lets keep our fingers crossed that the camshaft gear is harder than the OPDA gear so the damage isn't as bad.
I'm going to wait until I get the 7/70 transferred before I call chrysler and start a case. At that point I'll hit up my dealer and see what they'll do.