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Nads Goes From Limp To Stiff - Energy Suspension Motor Mounts and Ingalls Torque Damper Install

PROJECT RSX PART V11: ADDING ENERGY MOTOR MOUNTS AND AN INGALLS STIFFY ENGINE TORQUE DAMPER

Carter Jung
Oct 5, 2006
Photographer: John Naderi

Ever since Nads got his car back with the new Toda internals, he's been nothing but Persian smiles. That is, until his motor made an unnatural clunking noise not much different than a really wet fart. Upon investigating the sound, the source appeared to be from the increased torque (a problem we'd all like to have, right?). With some coaxing and coercing, Nads was able to acquire a set of urethane motor mount inserts from Energy Suspension and an Ingalls Stiffy Engine Torque Damper. Lucky for Nads, Elton Lo at Raceline finished relocating his shop to perform the install.

Because Nads is super busy and super foolish, I have been assigned the super task of putting together this install. Bear with me here, as I wasn't there and I attempt (poorly) to re-enact the events. Warning: to attempt to install any of the products using this as a guide could lead to serious side effects (i.e. frustrations, anger, etc). For a complete guide refer to the manufacturers or email Nads--he was there. (uh, sorry. - JN)


NADS' DRIVING IMPRESSION

"When I first started the car with the inserts and engine damper installed, I could feel the added vibration through the steering wheel at idle. This was more of a result of the mounts than the Stiffy damper. But all was forgiven when I started driving. With this stiffer setup the RSX launched like a finely-tuned drag car. The launch response is positively instantaneous. The Stiffy is adjustable and I do have it on the stiffest setting. I could probably soften it a bit to help reduce the vibrations a little but then I might lose something on my 60-foot times, what with all of the sanctioned drag strips I encounter on my short commute home."

MSRP: Energy Suspension motor mount inserts $30.98..Ingalls Stiffy Engine Torque Damper $340.07

PROS: Eliminates drivetrain lash and wheel hop, improves launch, inexpensive

CONS: Motor mount inserts are difficult to install and increase NVH levels

INSTALL DIFFICULTY: The Stiffy is easy, the Energy inserts, difficult

VERDICT: If you need to reduce motor movement the Stiffy is a quick and easy fix, but if you want razor sharp drivetrain response add the Energy inserts to the mix.

Sources

Energy Suspension
San Clemente, 92673
888-913-6374
http://www.energysuspension.com
Defi
Downey, CA 90241
562-861-9161
http://www.defi-shop.com
Mackin Industries
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-946-6820
http://www.mackinindustries.com
Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
HKS USA
Los Angeles, CA 90061
310-491-3300
http://www.hksusa.com
Toda Racing
Irvine, CA 92618
949-336-6299
http://www.todaracingusa.com
RC Engineering
Torrance, CA 90501
310-320-2273
http://www.rceng.com
G-Dimension
City Of Industry, CA 91748
626-839-3777
http://www.g-dimension.com
Brake Pros
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-755-6688
www.brake-pros.com
Raceline Development
Temple City, CA 91780
626-292-7030
http://www.racelineusa.com
Driveshaft Shop
Salisbury, NC 28147
704-633-2380
http://www.driveshaftshop.com
Koyo
Irvine, CA 92618
949-727-7054
http://www.koyorad.com
Exedy
Belleville, MI 48111
800-346-6091
http://www.exedyusa.com
Scosche
scosche.com
Falken
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
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