Tools: 3 foot extension, wobbly attachment, 3 foot socket wrench, 18mm and 13mm sockets, engine hoist to lift engine from the top.
Time: 3 hours with Arby's break in the middle.
Injuries: Can't move my body
Driving Impression: She vibrates from 700-750 rpm (idle) and again from 2000-2200 rpm. It must pick up some harmonic frequency and rumbles the car. I'm working on isolating the rattles around the car. Other than that, it feels awesome through the gears! It definitely feels like you are connected to a 6.0L engine. :turbonaug
First, a big thanks goes out to the sin city goats that offer up their garage for these types of installs. I've used several garages, and give many thanks.
First step is to remove the top and bottom nuts from the existing motor mounts. Next, there are 3 nuts that mount the engine to the actual motor mount. Those 3 nuts are a pain to get to, even with our 3' foot extension and a wobbly attachment. You just need to find the right angles from the top or bottom of the engine. We removed 2 of the nuts and loosened the 3rd.
Do NOT forget to lift the power steering reservoir out of its resting place! The power steering lines need to be loose enough to allow the motor to lift without bursting the lines.
Next, we lifted the drivers side by the engine hoist, and lifted the motor off the mount. I have the JBA shorty headers, so I could simply drop out the OEM mount and slide the SCSS mount in. Don't forget about the heat shield. Here's a pic of the finished driver's side.
The passenger side was a lot harder. We had to connect to both top engine lift points to get the passenger side to lift enough over the OEM mount. Chains help a lot here.
The 3 bolts were nearly impossible to access and there were multiple harnesses and tubes in the way. We had to completely remove the 3 bolts and one of the grounding points from the battery. Finally, the passenger OEM motor mount slid out. Again, thank you to JBA for making enough clearance in there. Here's a pic of the completed passenger side.
Any questions, feel free to ask. :morncoff:
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