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M-R-P
Friday 14th September 2012, 18:18
Ok, ya gonna love this one...

These arrived today...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/DSCF8903.jpg

12.99 from fleaBay (bargain hunting again lol).

Here's what time I started...

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/DSCF8904.jpg

18mm nut on the bottom... take the cam belt cover off to ease access, get a ring spanner on it and a 17mm ratchet on the top. Crack the bottom nut and unwind from the top.
Greace the bush and insert into the underside of the mount, then on with the washer (cup facing up) then refit the nut and re-tighten. Same with the other side.

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/DSCF8905.jpg

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/DSCF8906.jpg

Here's what time I finished (there was a toilet stop in there too).

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g413/martinrpeachey/DSCF8907.jpg

Verdict...

It doesn't completely tighten the brace but it does stiffen it. If you bore the hole in the washer, it'll pull it in nice and tight but the engine noise has increased somewhat and I don't want any more. The car feels tighter when throwing it into tight bends - you can feel the tyres pulling a lot more than before.
I said I didn't want more engine noise but actually, it has this lovely sweeet roar when you abuse the loud pedal which, for me, negates the need for an exhaust upgrade - for now.

One thing - with the poly top mount, poly lower mount and now the poly strut tensioners, the vibration through the cabin at idle, is pretty annoying.

I took a vid but it would appear that the vibration cycles at something near the 30fps of the video camera, meaning that instead of seeing the engine rattling back anf forth, it appears to sway gently lol.

Here it is...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsK2FIapPcA&feature=youtu.be

Harvey
Friday 14th September 2012, 18:45
Did my motor last year ,did not any notice sound or vibrating difference but I still have the stock square Volvo top engine mount.
Nice and easy job as you say.

M-R-P
Friday 14th September 2012, 18:52
Powerflex top mount is the key mate, gonna drill mine soon - getting fed up with the rattling at idle.

p fandango
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:01
i bought some of these last year, couldn't get them to fit so binned them. Now found out they don't go in the top lol, tempted to order another set & try again

M-R-P
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:02
lol, they don't even need pushing, they just slide in :D

p fandango
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:15
lol, they don't even need pushing, they just slide in :D
oh i don't care lol

M-R-P
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:21
No angle-grinder required lol.

That reminds me - I have something else to add to your bag of goodies ;)

p fandango
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:22
No angle-grinder required lol.

That reminds me - I have something else to add to your bag of goodies ;)
its no fun if you don't need to use a grinder. I never got the last Southern Softies goodie bag lmao

LiamT4
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:30
i bought some of these last year, couldn't get them to fit so binned them. Now found out they don't go in the top lol, tempted to order another set & try again

Well done pedro :lol:

Harvey
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:38
The top mount small bush fitted,lower gearbox small bush fitted to a new volvo link assembly and engine brace all powerflex
Fitted new Volvo top mount as old on was worn ,just like the car nice and quite,still got the wishbones bushes to fit just have not got around to fit but I did get a powerflex keying with the bushes.going to look at the 4 wheel tracking to see what is worn first if it's out might look at the powerflex rear end kit.

p fandango
Friday 14th September 2012, 19:48
Well done pedro :lol:
well who sells something & doesn't supply instructions, bloody amateurs lol