Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: Question on torque mount for new crossmember
I tossed that thing years ago and only have seen one problem that MAY be associated with its loss. One time the right motor mount was broken, and in some hill climbing the motor rocked to the right and banged the oil filter into the motor mount, poking a hole in it. Since then I keep a big hose clamp around the filter where it would hit the mount if it could, but it has never made contact.
At that time I contemplated reducing roll in the engine and decided that the most effective way would be to mount a small double-eye shock absorber beteween the frame and the bosses that the coil is bolted to.
Another possibility is a link or very short shock absorber between the ears outside of the front yoke on the D20 and the skid plate. Since I've never seen any more trouble, I never bothered with either fix.
Either fix would be in a position to apply a lot more leverage to counter the engine rolling. BTW, my opinion
is that the part is there more to limit how much the engine can rock back and forth than to really counter engine torque. It doesn't have much leverage, and in stock form there is slop between the rubber donuts which means that it doesn't do anything until the engine has already moved a fair amount. The big, tall engine can get to shaking in response to slip-grab traction. That's why I would go with a shock absorber - it will allow the engine to move some, but damp down the violent, cyclic rocking.