one other question, which I don't recall ever being addressed:
Note that I have very weak mechanical knowledge, the following will sound extremely stupid to the wise, I claim no responsibility.
Assume silencing gears are removed, are the gears that are left able to handle the load by themselves over the long run?
That is to say, wouldn't Honda Engineers have taken the silencing gears into account, and counted on them to share the load with the other remaining gears? You'll afterall have less surface area working against, well I don't know what but the other gears?
oh, one other question, with the mod you don't lose the 'gear whine' noise do you? (I suppose not)