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Old 05-16-2016, 11:12 PM   #1
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Attempted a few upgrades, today, 1 out of 3 aint bad??

Wanted to install a used ST Valance, passenger motor mount by JBR, and LED headlight and foglights. Got the Valance done!

Allright... the st valance I bought had a lot of broken tabs, buy a plastic prying kit people, it works wonders! The stock valance has two torx bolts just inside fender by rear of wheel, same size as headlights and felt cover..remove those, then two plastic clips either side of muffler... thats the easy part, then you have two clips you need to pry loose on either side of valance first...I used the pry tools both inside and outside the valance to work them free....once those are free, there are about 16 small clips all around the valance...with the pry tool on the outside I carefully pried up and all the clips popped free, some dragged a bit and bend slightly, I gently pushed them back into shape.

St lip fit in snug, even with broken tabs...I might have to install double sided tape but so far its staying in place...one wrinkle, the brackets either side of bumper that the lip attaches too with clips are too short...you'll have to buy longer St ones, or figure out something..I might just use nuts and bolts.

2nd thing I tried to install was Kensun brand LED lights... This is 2nd set, first set didn't work...the 2nd set is a newer design, similar to opt7 and others...was supposed to be plug and play. They fit in both foglights and headlights fine, they still allow dustcovers to be put back on, although I would leave them off. They worked fine with car off, super bright white no blue tinge...looked great, although they still needed nightime testing.

Turned car on, and got low beam fault right away..fogs were fine but headlights not working...arrgghh... so i'll have to try foccus software or resistors to try and get them working.

Third fail was my JBR passenger motor mount... I tried to install it with car on ramps, forgetting that suspension needs to be unloaded so you can move motor around... undid stock motor mount and could not remove it at all, lmao.... figured I would use a torx socket to remove the two motor mount studs attached to engine but couldnt find them...oh well, wait for another day.


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It's not the suspension that has to be unloaded, you have to jack the engine to take the weight off the mount to change them.
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No, suspension has to be unloaded, then you can jack up engine...with suspension loaded, you jack up motor, and you're lifting the entire car! ( i know, because I tried, lmao)
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Car can rise a bit as you take engine weight off the suspension, but you don't have to jack it up entirely to get the engine weight off the mount.

Board under the pan to spread the weight, so you're jacking at the side you need to take the weight off instead of the whole thing.


edit - if you happened to jack under the bellhousing as a more secure point, you could prob. lift the whole car off the ground as it's then lifting on the trans. mount as well as the engine side. With the leverage involved, you'd have to get it nearly off the ground to take all the weight off the engine mount
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yeah bro, I didn't jack my car up. all I did was put the jack under the engine and put just enough pressure to move it up like an inch and that was it. my mount came right out and the new one slid on. I bolted the mount to the engine and then moved the jack out so it was normal again and then I used a flat head screw driver to pry the mount away from the sidewall. you'll know what I mean once you do it. then I tightened the two bolts that attach to the frame down and called it a day.
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You guys are all missing my point which was i shouldnt have tried installing the mount with the car
on ramps...no matter where under the engine i jacked it up it didnt work.
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