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  • TAM retrofit

    Some of the ecotec engine mounts are a similar nature as the S -series TAM. I don't expect the bolts to line up, but i could procure an extra bracket to try seeing if i could adopt a mount. welding and grinding is totally in the question - thoughts? figured the 2.2 could have similar vibrations as the lesser balanced 1.9... i checked out toyota's but i didn't see anything close to drop in place (would be ultimate parts reliability)

    i wish i was smart enough to design something to fit, but that is beyond my mental capacity.
    http://www.sixthsphere.com/smf/index.php?topic=62687.0

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    The Ecotec mount is just as fubar as the Ion gauge cluster.
    Since you're having to customize it anyway, might as well make it so it use's an "off-the-shelf" rubber or poly bushing. I don't remember the full details on this but it was some standard ES bushing part number and fairly standard size metal bits.
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    • #3
      im looking for the factory fit though, where it keeps engine in place but doesnt transmit every vibe like a poly bushing. The goal is replicate factory performance which is unmatched so far.
      http://www.sixthsphere.com/smf/index.php?topic=62687.0

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      • #4
        you can get a bushing that would fit and be softer than a stiff poly just gotta search
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        • #5
          I've always wondered about the ion/ecotec mount being made to fit. Planned to try when ours failed, but our ion has 116k and it's not failed yet soo...
          It's not my fault, blame the radiation.

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          • #6
            I buy the cheapo parts store TA mount and fill it up with Liquid Nails or a similar construction adhesive so it cannot collapse and movement is limited, while still offering some of the softness of the factory style...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rex Faktor View Post
              I buy the cheapo parts store TA mount and fill it up with Liquid Nails or a similar construction adhesive so it cannot collapse and movement is limited, while still offering some of the softness of the factory style...
              The more I drove on the stiffest of mounts the more I liked that style of things. SDA had a good TAM insert for a while that I really liked.
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              • #8
                The car I'm driving I also filled the trans lower mount and the dogbone gaps. The dash rattles a bit at idle, but at cruise it's smooth as can be, and the life of the TA mount is greatly extended this way...

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                • #9
                  Having picked up a SC2 and my SL2 both really needing a TAM badly I've started looking at other options. I found that the Lancer, Mazda and Astra seem to be the best possible units. When I get a chance to hit a boneyard i'm gonna grab a Astra one since it looks like a near perfect fit with a little work.

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