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Old 01-05-2009, 03:07 AM   #1
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Default RalliTEK 4EAT Transmission Mount Bushing

I could have sworn I that I've seen a review on this part, but after searching, came across nothing. Therefore this is my review on the RalliTek Tranny Mount Bushing.

Background: I own a 2005 4EAT WRX.
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To start off, I'd like to state that I bought the race version of the bushing.
Unfortunately, I didn't think of taking any pictures of the product when I received it, nor did I take any during the install, so this isn't one of those fun "Pop-Up book" styled reviews. However, the instructions found on their website are exactly what needs to be done and the install itself is very straightforward.

The Package:
I received the bushing in a small box, as normal. Inside the box is a "Heavy-duty" Zip-loc type back which holds the bushing itself, a small vile of grease (I use the term "small" lightly; there is actually quite a lot) to ease the install and the instructions (color none the less!) When I first opened the package, I was impressed as how hard the bushing actually was, but was unsure of how much of a difference I would see after installing it.

The Install: As I said, it is very straightforward and just like they say in the instructions/website.
1. Jack the car up (front and back) and put it on jack stands.

2. Take your jack (with wood!) and secure it under your tranny oil pan. Raise it just enough to actually touch the pan, not raising it any higher. Your goal here is just to be sure everything stays in its' place when you take out the crossmember and mount.

3. Crawl under the car and take off the 6 14mm bolts (3 on each side) of the crossmember and then the 4 14mm nuts in the center of the crossmember. It may look tight, but there's actually more than enough room to pull out the crossmember from there, even with an aftermarket exhaust.

4. Now, you can see the tranny mount. Now you just take out the 4 12MM bolts and pull her down. You may need to spray a little PB Blaster or the like on the 4 bolts as some are tight to get to and it makes it a little easier. As I was reinstalling the mount, I realized I was a dumbass and simply used a longer extension and was able to get to all 4 bolts easier and not having to use the swivel-head sockets (those never get along with me).

5. I did as the instructions recommended and put my bushing in the freezer the night before the install and I will say it did ease the install quite some! Grease up your bushing and use some muscle, a vise and a flat head (or whatever else you can think of) and get that sucker in there! As a heads up, the grease gets really messy, so you may want to wear some latex goves when applying. To ease getting her in there after my frustrating fight with the mount, I took out my heat gun and heated up the mount for a minute or two to expand the metal. After doing this (careful not to touch the metal) the bushing slid in with much more ease!

6. Now just do everything in reverse putting it all back together. The instructions didn't have any torque specs so I tightened everything as tight as I could and then just nudged it a little more with a breaker-bar

7. Get her down off of the jacks and hope it actually did something

My impressions:
Holy hell does that little bushing make a difference! This mod greatly exceeded my expectations and made my car feel like a brand new, much faster car (believe it or not)! I've read that some people have more rattles in the cabin, but to my amazement, I've actually noticed less rattles while stopped. The shifts feel like they're so much smoother, both while in D and if you manually shift through the gears (Yeah, Yeah, I know). As the rpm's rise you'll hear more in cabin, and you feel the car working more, but I absolutely love it! There also seems to be better throttle response. This has made me feel much more attached to the car and I feel more in control. For the price of this item, you absolutely can't pass it up!

Great job RalliTek! They made a great product that to my knowledge no other companies have done thus far. You guys will be hearing from more for future purchases!

I hope this entices some to make the purchase for such a great product. If there are any questions, feel free to ask and I'll answer as best as I could. Also, any others with the product please chime in!

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Old 01-05-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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good review ive been thinking about grabbing these
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:14 PM   #3
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Would be better if you had pics. . . j/k

Nice write up, going on RalliTEK's site now.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:34 AM   #4
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If you pick it up, you won't regret it! I forgot to add it in the post, but over time, after abusing the car, the tranny has been feeling "limp" lately. After installing this, it feels brand new and feels like it should have come out of the factory!
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:33 PM   #5
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why do they have you stick it in the freezer if you heated it up anyway.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:44 PM   #6
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It was RalliTek's idea to put it in the freezer. I was still having a bit of a hard time (and was very cold), so to quicken the process up, I decided to heat up the mount. It's not needed, it's just something I did that in my opinion made it a little easier.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:31 PM   #7
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oh i see so you didnt heat it to room temp or anything. just to not freeze your hands huh. do they suggest putting it in the freezer to contract it a bit so it will fit in there?
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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Yep. It's pretty annoying to get it in there and takes a little fiddling with it, but it's really not that bad.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:30 AM   #9
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Bump...

Thanks for the great write up!

I just bought the "race" version myself.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:00 PM   #10
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Great write-up. I've been rocking the "Comfort" version for a solid 2 years now since I went Stage 2 with the car.

Definitely recommended!!!
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:48 PM   #11
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Thanks A LOT.

Now I have to order another mod.

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Old 02-02-2009, 03:39 AM   #12
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great review!!
Ive had my race bushing for over a year now and i cant agree more with your review. Absolutly worth the price
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:22 AM   #13
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Just ordered mine...
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:31 PM   #15
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Still enjoying mine!!! For the money, highly recommended!
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Love the feel after. Definite buy for the money.
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Thanks for the great write up!

I've been experiencing some driveline movement related noise that seems to be progressively getting worse after going from "stage 2" to a 16g. My recent research led me to this thread, which I'm really glad I found.
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Did mine a month ago, I have the comfort version. Well worth the minor effort and minimal price, one of the best first mods for the 4eat. Mine actually lifted my trans about 1/2", the factory mount had sagged that much in 100K. Noticed maybe 5% more NVH, but thats about it, but can feel the shifts going to the ground, and not absorbed by the mount.
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Completed the install today.

Very easy and straight forward install. I installed the "race" version and do notice a difference in the amount of feedback from the transmission. I like the sound and feel of the trans.

Very well designed part and clear instructions.

I purchased a bench vise prior to the install (i needed one anyway ) and it should be noted that a minimum of a 4" vise is needed for the install.
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Installed comfort version for 2 weeks now. Did not noticed any NVH increase. Maybe I should have installed the race version
It really increased the throttle response (believe it or not ). The motor seemed to be working harder.
My factory (2003) rubber had flattened to about 60% of its original thickness and the insert greatly widen the gap.
Definitely a must mod especially for older cars.
Highly recommended !!

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Had the race version in for almost 2 years now. Awesome and cheap mod for the 4eat.
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I just ordered the comfort version. Can't wait to install it. About how long does the install take? 1hr?
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sorry to bump this back up from the dead....

has anyone tried both race/comfort options in the same car or very similar?

I wanna know if the race one does anything but provide a louder sound and more vibration..

if performance is the same then ill go without..

Ive been updating all the old bushings in my car and Im going to order this along with some other parts..

any opinions would be great!
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sorry to bump this back up from the dead....

has anyone tried both race/comfort options in the same car or very similar?

I wanna know if the race one does anything but provide a louder sound and more vibration..

if performance is the same then ill go without..

Ive been updating all the old bushings in my car and Im going to order this along with some other parts..

any opinions would be great!
Yeah, I'd really like to hear a before and after of noise as well if anyone has video or something.
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anyone? I still havnt purchased this but by the time I get a reply I may be manual converted lol
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