Driveline Overhaul #2
Group N Engine Mounts and Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
No pictures for this one. In catch up mode. In a nutshell, I didn't get the engine mounts on earlier. Luckily, my friend from work came over and helped with the engine mounts. Ended up dropping the engine cross member instead of jacking up the engine. This saved us from possibly crushing the oil pan, and I had to loosen the steering rack up anyhow to get the steering rack bushings on. The mounts would have been tough to do by myself. Steering rack bushings weren't too bad. Hardest part was getting the steering column back together. Kinda a tight area to work, difficult to line up, and those knuckles take a toll on your hand - mine was beat up pretty bad by the end. Feel free to shoot any questions my way. I don't mind talking more about the install, I just am doing some catch up on the rest of the stuff I've done.
Was happy with the results.
I actually really enjoy the engine mounts. The noise wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, and it 'balanced' everything out. Before the install, getting into first gear was 'clunky'... although very notchy after the shifter/bushings install. Afterwards, it felt like it should. Notchy, but not like I'm forcing it in or jamming it in at all... Just a light pop and it was in gear.
Steering rack bushings weren't as noticeable as I was expecting. Made the steering more firm, but not nearly as dramatic of a change as I had expected. Biggest difference seems to be over bumps - the steering wheel goes where the wheels do. None of that 'mystery angle' stuff that I had before. Just a bit more connected to the road =). I'd still recommend them. I'm sure on older cars this would make a much larger difference - the rubber bushings on mine were still in great shape.