Hello Fellow LT-ers!
So, this is my next installment of "Mods I am doing to my car and what I
think of them and stuff."
The topic this week is my "Manly Mount" upgrade! Funny enough, I actually
installed these as my first mod (aside from the K&N filter I put in the first day
I got my car, which I subsequently took out and replaced with a cup car
airbox + K&N filter!), but I didn't get a chance to write a review on them or
talk about the install.
I also had taken pictures during the install (a la the "Saikou Michi Catch Can"
thread!) but for some reason I can't find them on my camera. Womp Womp
So, on to the fun stuff.
I got the Manly Mounts because they were, what I saw, as a very easy mod
to do that could have a very positive impact on my car. I was a bit sad
about how sloppy shifting was and then I saw this video:
I was not too happy about my engine flailing around like an epileptic every
time I let off the throttle or pressed the clutch in.
I decided to get the Manly mounts because they were a good deal cheaper
than the Innovative Mounts, and because I heard that the Innovative
mounts REALLY increased vibrations and stiffened things up, while the Manly
mounts stiffened things up "just enough" to fix the problem, so there wasnt a
big increase in vibrations.
A quick note to people-- I was under the impression that "Manly Mount
Inserts" were new engine mounts... but they are, quite literally, urethane
INSERTS that go in to your stock front and rear mounts to fill the voids...
thus tightening things up.
Install was pretty easy and straight forward.
1) Lift rear of car or drive up "Rhino Ramps" (I chose to drive up ramps and it
was more than enough space).
2) Remove undertray and diffuser.
For the front mount--
1) Remove the bolt going through the mount and the two bolts holding the
"frame" of the mount to the car.
2) Insert the inserts
3) Reattach mounts.
For the rear mount--
1) Remove the bolt going through the mount and the four bolts holding the
mount to the car.
2) Insert the inserts (again... haha).
3) Reattach mounts.
Then, you just need to reinstall the diffuser and undertray and either lower
the car or drive off the ramps. Boom, you're done!
So, for the first hundred miles or so, the increase in vibrations at around
1000 RPM was CRAZY.
I am talking insanity.
But after about
one hundred miles everything "settled" and whatnot.
Now, in terms of vibration, it is barely noticeable. I don't think it is anything
more, really, than stock.
In terms of shifting and throttle response, though... HOLY cow. Even in the
first 100 miles... I immediately
noticed that shifting was WAY
smoother. Much less of a "woah... I can feel the gears all clicking together
and stuff" feeling and more of a "woah... buttery" feeling.
I definitely think it was a very good investment. The tradeoff is nothing at
all. A BARELY noticeable increase in vibration (after the 100 or so miles....
) and a CRAZY noticeable increase in shift feel and throttle
Not to mention that since the engine isn't flailing around or anything, I wont
risk breaking my exhaust or whatever.