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DayStar Polyethylene Engine Mount Installation
So I set out to replace all the rubber bushings on the Jeep with Polyethylene and I start reading the forums and much to my delight, a company called Daystar makes everything that I need to replace the motor mounts as well as the transmission mounts that were done in another write-up.
I had done a frame off and was just about to place the engine back into the frame when the new Daystar Engine Mounts came in. Before I did this, I took the old horns and sandblasted them and then painted them so they would match the frame.
The assembly is really quite easy with 2 bolts and nuts on the front side and 2 bolts and nuts on the backside. I loosely put them together and then placed them in the frame rails. I had taken a bunch of pictures as well of the frame with the horns in them before I blasted the frame so I had reference when everything was going back together.
The engine was lowered onto the mounts and everything was hooked up nice and tight and torqued down. The new mounts were a lot less squished down then the oily rubber ones that came out of the Jeep when the tear down occurred.
The new ones were a little higher then the originals, so the engine had to be wiggled around a bit to fit correctly with the engine mounts and the transmission mount and torque stud, but once it was all lined up, everything was torqued down and we were ready to rock and roll.
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
So, my lessons learned here would have to be that you can do this by yourself, but it is a lot easier to have a friend jiggle the motor mounts around as well as the transmission mounts and torque studs from the top when you are on the bottom to get the bolt holes on the mounts to line up properly. Remember that this is a brand new piece and is probably a bit larger then the one that came from the factory. Factor in that the new one is solid and the old rubber one was soaked with oil and had deteriorated, the angles are going to be a bit snug, so get a friend and buy him some beers for helping you out.
This is a fairly straightforward bolt on conversion that results in a lot more piece of mind rolling down the road and going out on the trails. This upgrade in conjunction with the transmission mount/stud upgrade mentioned in another write up tightened up the engine so you don't feel the pull now when you take off from a stand still. This is a great way to get your rig under control for not a lot of money.

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