Not true at all. A large clamp and some grease and they go in just fine. Lastly, if you have the cash, spring for genuine OEM mounts as they will last longer and keep vibrations down. Prothanes / Energy Suspension mounts are good for performance applications but in stock form, OEM is fine.you need a getto rigged press or vice to do the prothane swap, if you have the v6 its worth it but dont if you have the I4
Not true at all. A large clamp and some grease and they go in just fine. Lastly, if you have the cash, spring for genuine OEM mounts as they will last longer and keep vibrations down. Prothanes / Energy Suspension mounts are good for performance applications but in stock form, OEM is fine.
This:agreed:If you are just doing a daily driver that looks nice. OEM is the way to go longer life and no vibrations. This is based on the 4g64. If you have the 6g72 its up to you. I still feel OEM is best bang for the buck
Again.... as long as its the new design they should be ok. Hell the kits is now coming with the crossmember bushings as well.If you've got a V6 just do the prothanes and be done. The entire kit can be bought for the price of just one (of four) OEM mounts, and the OEM mounts (which are an inferior design) will just break again.
I don't know why everyone else has so many problems with the Prothane front and rear mounts. Mine hold up to 300+wtq and have seen 270+ for close to 15000 miles. These are the "new" design, without holes.
Pressing them in isn't the most fun evolution, but the bitch of it is getting the old ones out.
I've been tossing around the idea of fabbing up some solid aluminum engine/trans mounts for the 3G but getting all the mounts lined up under the hood would be a very difficult task. The LS1 in my Camaro is mounted solid to the frame and it idles smooth as silk.I used to have some aluminium inserts (Locking collars) for my rear subframe mounts on my 240SX S14a that REALLY firmed things up. It would Interesting if something could be made to work with the original mounts to firm them up rather than using energy inserts etc. (or does something like this already exist?)
I would look at the total cost of getting rubber mounts vs aftermarket inserts/replacements and take into account increased road noise/comfort.
BTW: Combo I've seen on the forum recommended.
Front and Rear Mounts: Energy Suspension
Side mounts: Prothane or OEM/Rubber.
The prothane are not recommended for front and rear as even after 5000 miles they deform and are ruined (Luckily I saw the info and pictures before I purchased them!)
(I'm entertained that I see three of my previous car's in a google image search if I put in 'eclipse 3g locking collars').
This is accurate and helpful info as far as I can tell. I just received a set of Prothane (red) mounts and as I was looking at them I was concerned that they were "wrong" due to there NOT being any holes in the 2 front and rear inserts.Again.... as long as its the new design they should be ok. Hell the kits is now coming with the crossmember bushings as well.
But I am sure there are companies out there that still have old stock of the perforated front/rear mounts. Those wont hold up too long.