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Old 03-18-2006, 03:49 PM   #1
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Post How-to: Vf Rear Motor Mount Install [picts]

I installed my VF-Engineering motor mount this morning, and took LOTS of picts....this is a COMPLETE HOW-TO, so I suggest it for the How To archives.....

I know many people have this, but this is for all of you that still need it.....I have put off buying this for a LOOOOOOONG time, and now it's over and done with......

P.S. SIDE NOTE: if you see it, I had a donut on (left rear).....last night I got a flat tire, plugged it.....see if it holds....

TOOLS NEEDED FOR INSTALL:

1. open bay/space
2. Jack (1)
3. Jackstands (2)
4. 13mm wrench (I used closed end)
OPTIONAL: Air supply, air hammer/wrench and 13mm socket
5. Hammer (for slight adjustments of mount)
6. screwdriver, or drift pin (small adjustment of mount)

INSTALL TIME: about an hour with hand tools, less with air wrench

NOTE: you are RIGHT NEXT to your cat, and exhaust...MAKE SURE YOUR EXHAUST IS COOL/BARELY WARM TO THE TOUCH!!!!!!!!

P.S...I got REALLY dusty from the ground, you are on your back for the whole install.

Box in car:


Mount on dash:


Instructions:


STEP 1:
Jack Car up and put on jackstands


STEP 2:
locate mount


STEP 3:
Jack up tranny/engine assy SLIGHTLY, to hold engine and tranny up, and take pressure off the mount...LEAVE JACK HERE FOR THE WHOLE INSTALL!!!!!!!!


STEP 4:
Loosen front bolt with a 13mm wrench (or use an air wrench)


The bolts are a few inches long, and they have to be screwed ALL THE WAY OUT....so don't try to smack em with a hammer, cause the stock mount is threaded. (the new mount is NOT....)


STEP 5:
I loosened the front bolt until I saw the threads, and then I started on the rear bolt:




STEP 6: REMOVE REAR BOLT.
Expect the motor to move rearward about an inch......it is supported by the jack, but it will still move some anyway.....


bolt removed, showing how mount has been pushed back a little.....notice holes not aligned....


STEP 7: REMEMBER BOLT LENGTHS!!!
Rear bolt is on the left, front bolt is on the Right......the rear is longer....


STEP 8: this is the hardest part, physically too....in order to remove the stock mount and install the new mount, I needed to push the motor forward about 2'', or a little less....but it was already on a jack, soI figured out that if I wrapped my legs around cat right behind the header (COLD.....duh....) I could use my legs and PUSH the header forward (and thus move the engine up and to the front) and wiggle the old mount out....I didn't get a pict of the mount coming out, since my hands and legs were tied up ......here is a pict of where my legs were:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/howtos/...ogetmounto.jpg[/IMG]

Push forward on the header, and wiggle the mount out...I had it come out towards the passenger side, same as for the new mount install.....you will see that pict when I install the new mount, as installation is the same as removal....

STEP 9:
GIVE OLD MOTOR MOUNT THE FINGER, AND CURSE IT's DESIGN!!!!



STEP 10:
smile next to new mount



STEP 11: CHECK FOR PROPER PLACEMENT OF NEW MOUNT
the cupped side will go DOWN....simple


STEP 12:
INSTALL NEW MOUNT
same thing as removing old mount, push forward on the header with legs, and install new mount
this is the pict that shows how the old mount came out, but instead it's the new one going in....I couldn't take a pict of the old mount coming out, so this is the closest I can get.....

MOUNT HALFWAY IN:


NOTE: there is a flange on the lower support member.......watch out or you'll cut your finger....
got my pinky.....

MOUNT ALL THE WAY IN: (fitted in place)


STEP 13:
INSERT REAR (LONGER) BOLT
I used a hammer and a screwdriver to slightly adjust the position of the mount, to align the bolt holes......


rear bolt screwed in:


STEP 14:
INSTALL FRONT (SHORTER) BOLT
I used the same method with my leds pushing forward on the header to line up the bolt holes for the front bolt....push the header forward, line up the bolt hole, and stick the bolt in....


Front bolt installed....


STEP 15:
TORQUE BOTH BOLTS TO 35FT/lbs.


STEP 16:
LOWER JACK AND TAKE A GANDER AT YOUR NEW MOUNT INSTALLED!!!


STEP 17:
LIFT UP CAR AND REMOVE JACK STANDS

THAT IS ALL! should be around an hour......probably less, cause I took all these picts,and had to get all the tools at the shop.....

Hopefully you understood all of this.......

THANK YOU ALL!!!


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Old 03-18-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Nice write up and great pics. Now we have two!
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Old 03-18-2006, 03:54 PM   #3
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Didn't Doug (WD40) already do this How-To? Nice pics anyways!
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Old 03-18-2006, 03:58 PM   #4
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I figured why not do a write up and take picts while I did it.........wasn't sure if we had one yet of not......
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Old 03-19-2006, 05:58 AM   #5
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heres a great peice of advice...dont strip the hell out of the bolt that mounts to the frame, because you wont be able to use your shiny new mount
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:00 PM   #6
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Here is the link to WD40's original how to....

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...threadid=26094

Yours is also seems to be a high quality "how to" Haveblue83, I wouldn't hesitate to use yours either.....if my dealer hadn't already installed mine free

Keep up the good work!
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:39 PM   #7
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I'm not sure, but what is the inferiorness of the OEM motor mount? Why is the VF motor mount better?

/Not sure, just want to learn
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:48 PM   #9
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umm those didnt look like craftsman tools is that allowed?
and well documented... wish change control arm bushins on an s-10 was that easy

i had cuts like you have on your pinky on all my fingers and nuckles
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:46 PM   #10
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the craft shop on base supplied the tools.....

tonite I'm gonna take the mount out, and take the car in to Ford tomorrow, cause the motor is still clunking in the bay.....I think it's another motor mount (one of the side ones)......back to stock for a warranty claim, and after it gets fixed, I will put it back in again, and throw the H/F cat on and get a short shifter.......
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