RM Fowler Limited can supply inverted tooth and roller type timing chains. RM Fowler cannot supply timing chains for any modern vehicles. We specialise in pre-1960 vehicles.
Unfortunately RM Fowler are not able to supply metric timing chains.
Roller Chain - RM Fowler can supply simplex, duplex and triplex type roller chains from a number of manufacturers including IWIS and Morse.
To supply customers with roller type chain we will need to know the following details:
For more information on roller chain measurements please go to our Roller Chain page.
For imperial inverted tooth chain also known as silent tooth timing chain we supply Ramsey chain.
Ramsey Products are located in North Carolina USA and have been manufacturing inverted tooth chain for 85 years. In that time Ramsey have made several technological advances such as developing a modified link to improve the strength and durability of the chain.
Ramsey chain has two pin joints which replace most round pin types from obsolete makes shown in the below pictures. In circumstances where the sprockets run on both sides of the chain we can supply duplex chain.
1. Check your chain to see if it is a center guide chain (known as SC chain) which has a guide link running down the middle of the chain with a corresponding groove in the center of the sprocket.
2. Alternatively your chain could be a side guide type chain (known as DSG or SSG) with the guide links running down the side of the chain. These chains are measured by the width between the guides.
3. The chain pitch is the center distance between the chain pins. If the chain has as uneven number of pitches then an offset link must be fitted.
Now you have identified the type of chain you require you will need to take some measurements of your existing chain (if you have one). The required measurements are shown below.
SSG and DSG side guides
SC center guide
Nominal Width - The nominal width of a chain is not an exact measurement but it is used by Ramsey and RM Fowler as an approximate width of the chain. It fits somewhere between the WL and WC measurement.
Clearance - The exact width of the chain is only important if the chain runs in a very confined space or crosses close to another chain. If the chain runs in plenty of space the nominal width is sufficient, however if space is tight we will need very accurate measurements of the total width including the connector pin.
For a full list of available sizes of the centre side guide Ramsey silent chain click here.
The available sizes of side guided Ramsey chain are shown in the table below.
|Pitch||Part no||Nominal width||WBG|
|3/8||SSG305||1 1/4||1 1/8|
|3/8||SSG305.5||1 3/8||1 1/4|
|3/8||SSG306||1 1/2||1 3/8|
|3/8||SSG306.5||1 5/8||1 1/2|
|3/8||SSG307||1 3/4||1 5/8|
|3/8||SSG307.5||1 7/8||1 3/4|
|1/2||SSG405||1 1/4||1 1/8|
|1/2||SSG405.5||1 3/8||1 1/4|
|1/2||SSG406||1 1/2||1 3/8|
|1/2||SSG406.5||1 5/8||1 1/2|
|1/2||SSG407||1 3/4||1 5/8|
|1/2||SSG407.5||1 7/8||1 3/4|
When replacing timing chain it is also advisable to check the condition of the sprockets as these are just as important to the running of an engine as the timing chain.