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Old 02-22-2008, 11:09 PM   #1
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DIY Motor Mounts

Tool's Needed:

Socket Set (14mm, 17mm, 19 mm)
Metric Wrench Set
Jack Stands
Floor Jack
Phone Book

Things to Remove before you start:

Intake
Header or Downpipe ** Not always necessary in all cases, but gives you more room**
Power Steering Reservoir

Another CRSX member reports these Torque Specs from the repair manual
Front- 47lbs-ft
Rear- 43lbs-ft, middle bolt- 47lbs-ft
Driver- 47lbs-ft, middle bolt- 40lbs-ft
Passenger- bracket bolt and nut- 40lbs-ft


1. First you must jack up the front end of the car as high as your floor jack will allow. Once your car is jacked up, place the jack stands underneath the car on the jack points and lower the car.

2. Once the car is supported by the jack stands you are going to need to use the floor jack to support the motor while your and installing the new mounts. Use a phone book between the oil pan and the floor jack like so.

3. Now that the engine is support we can start unbolting one mount at a time. I started with the sub frame mount.

4. There are a total of 4 bolts on the sub frame mount. 3 on the bottom that attach the mount to the sub frame, and one long bolt that goes through the transmission. Unbolt the 3 bottom bolts first, then unbolt the long bolt that goes through the rubber insert of the stock motor mount. The mount should come out fairly easy unless your header is in the way.



5. When your bolting the new mount on make sure to bolt the 3 bottom sub frame bolts back on first, then proceed to put the long bolt that goes through the poly insert of the new mount. You may have to play around with lowering the floor jack the get the last bolt hole to line up. Now you have the hardest mount out of the way


6. Next do the driver's side transmission mount. Start by taking the long center bolt that goes through the rubber insert out first.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:10 PM   #2
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7. Then proceed to unbolt the 3 bolts that are holding the mount to the frame.

8. You should have 4 bolts off by now. This mount comes out extremely easy.



9. Now bolt the new mount up to the frame rail with the 3 bolts. Once the mount is bolted to the frame slide the long bolt through the poly insert and tighten it up. You may have to lower and raise the floor jack again to get the hole to line up properly.


10. One more mount left. This one goes on the passenger side. You will have to slide the power steering reservoir off first to get access to all the bolts. Also you will have to loosen the ABS unit so you can loosen one bolt on the mount. You will also need to disconnect the ground wire that it attached to the top of the mount.
11. Once everything is out of the way you can start by unbolting the two bolts that are connected to the motor.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:10 PM   #3
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12. Now you can unbolt the center nut at the top of the mount. This will allow you to take the black metal piece that connects the motor to the mount off.
13. You can now unbolt the 3 bolts that hold the mount to the frame.



14. Put the new mount in place and then put the 3 bolts in place that hold it to the frame.
15. Bolt the new connector piece onto the motor using the 2 bolts that held it in place originally.
16. Last, put the big nut that holds the motor to the mount on.

17. Re-tighten the bolts that hold the ABS unit back in place.
18. Put the power steering reservoir back in place.
19. Reconnect the ground wire to the passenger side mount.
20. Lower the floor jack from the motor.
21. Remove Jackstands, and enjoy a wheel-hopless RSX

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Old 02-22-2008, 11:19 PM   #4
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nice write up
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:24 PM   #5
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:24 PM   #6
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:22 AM   #7
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By far the best and most detailed write-up I have seen in a long time. Thanks!
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:37 AM   #8
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Nice job! Innovative mounts FTW!

You didn't say anything about reconnecting the ground wire you removed from the passenger side mount.....

What are those two things hanging beneath the car in the second photograph?

And - does your power steering line stay in the position shown in the last photograph!?
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Old 02-23-2008, 03:26 AM   #9
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nice write up. but i went with esmm instead lol.
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:58 PM   #10
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where did you get that long ass 17mm ratchet? I could use one of those right about now.
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Nice job! Innovative mounts FTW!

You didn't say anything about reconnecting the ground wire you removed from the passenger side mount.....

What are those two things hanging beneath the car in the second photograph?

And - does your power steering line stay in the position shown in the last photograph!?

Yes you will want to reconnect that ground wire after you are finished everything.

The two things hanging underneath the car is are the O2 Sensors. I am in the process of doing a turbo build and don't have a testpipe or cat installed so they are just hanging there for now.

The power steering res fits in the stock location as shown in the last picture.


where did you get that long ass 17mm ratchet? I could use one of those right about now.

I just used pipe on the end of the ratchet for those super tight bolts. It gives you a little more leverage.
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:04 PM   #12
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very nice write-up, I will have to change mine this summer
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What about the torque specs.
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Between 45-50 ft/lb on all bolts according to the helms manual.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:26 AM   #15
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thanks man, this is golden. Couldn't find anything nearly as detailed as this before, and i plan on installing my mounts this week.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:49 PM   #17
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does this install differ substantially on an 05-06??
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nice write up! it looks easy. based on your experience installin this yourself how would you rate this in difficulty 10easy 1hard. seein you do this makes the install not seem so bad. i might do it myself instead of taking it to a shop when i get motormounts down the line..
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I want to do this myself because I asked the local shop the install price and they said anywhere from 250-300.. i was like wtf???
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Great write up!! I did mine about 6 months ago. Car just feels so much more firm and responsive.
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nice

how hard is it to get back there without removing the header?
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thanx a lot for the nice write up.
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Definitely a good write up!
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does this install differ substantially on an 05-06??

It will be the exact same since all motor mounts fit 02-06 RSX models.

nice write up! it looks easy. based on your experience installin this yourself how would you rate this in difficulty 10easy 1hard. seein you do this makes the install not seem so bad. i might do it myself instead of taking it to a shop when i get motormounts down the line..
Its pretty straight forward. The first time I did it, it took about 4-5 hours, I have done it about 3 times since then and can usually do it within 2 hours. There is nothing really to mess up, its really just unbolting the mounts and putting the new ones in place. On a scale 1 being easy 10 being difficult I would say this is a 4.
how hard is it to get back there without removing the header?
You might have trouble getting the last bolt on the bottom motor mount off. Depends on the brand of header.
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