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Here's some good news. There are some devs out there, slayher, p3droid, Chevy No. 1, who have built great kernels for the Droid.
You do still run some risk, but here's what's going down.
When you overclock a processor, you're forcing it to run faster than what it was intended. This can cause it to consume more power and if pushed too far, overheat.
The devs I've mentioned above have really tweaked the kernel. They are getting the processor to run faster using LESS power. That means the CPU stays cool even under a load. Now, my 1.2GHz ultra-low-voltage kernel will cause the processor to get warm if I run it at 1.2GHz and run a few benchmarks back to back to back. Thanks to SetCPU it's easy to adjust the max clock speed.
Throughout the day I have my Droid set at 1GHz and only run it up to 1.2GHz when I need it (rarely).
There is a risk, but a custom ROM like CM with a custom kernel from one of those devs will make it feel like a brand new phone.
Here's the steps to take.
1) Nandroid backup.
2) I won't repeat myself, but you should pay attention to step 1.
3) Download kernels from the dev of your choice at different clock speeds and voltages.
4) Test the kernels one by one. Load a low voltage 1GHz and run it for a couple of days, if it's unstable try a higher voltage or lower clock speed.
5) Read the applicable threads. The devs will have threads going on their home forum, read through them to see what kernels work for which ROMs.
If you don't know where to start, try the CM7 RC2 for the Droid as your ROM and pair it with Chevy No. 1's Low Voltage 1GHz kernel. Should make for a nice, powerful, stable combination.
Chevy No. 1 kernels here: ChevyNo1 - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum
CM7 RC2 Info: http://forum.androidcentral.com/moto...ded-droid.html