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    HOW TO: MS3 Engine Torque Damper Install

    Heard a few people say they were having issues getting this long delayed damper installed. Here is the how to for this damper, which we will be selling from this point on in lieu of Mazda3Mods. It fits easier and better than the WeaponR damper on the mazdaspeed3 and provides a nicer looking addition to the engine bay with all the benefit and none of the negatives from a full replacement mount.

    First thing you'll want to do is support the engine. A jack underneath providing just enough tension and support on the oil pan (with a block of wood or other such spacer) will do the trick. Last thing you want is the engine to sag. Makes the install difficult if not impossible.

    These nuts on the engine/mount need to come off. They are usually pretty tight so pack some muscle or pack some leverage;





    Next, the studs need to come out of the engine. You will be replacing these have no fear. Reverse torx socket is required for this;



    Now, place the supplier spacer support atop the bracket;



    This is how the bracket and bolts will drop in to the mount;





    Tighten these bolts down TIGHT. I do not recommend an air wrench because you do not want strip out the threads on the aluminum.



    Almost there. Now we need to remove the three bolts from this plate on the passenger side strut tower and place the new bracket on top;







    Now we need to attach the damper to the two brackets with the supplied nuts and bolts as shown;







    Once everything is in, retighten and recheck everything. The silver nut on the shaft of the damper itself should be tightened all the way shut for the maximum effect.

    Enjoy!

    Last edited by Captain KRM P5; 05-21-2009 at 01:10 PM.

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    Excellent write up (as usual) -- about how long did this take?
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    What size reverse torx socket for the studs? And any torque specs, or "gudenteit" suffice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kain View Post
    "gudenteit"
    Bless you.
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    Clearance on the oil cap seems to be pretty close, no interference right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chief_wiggum View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sport6 View Post
    Clearance on the oil cap seems to be pretty close, no interference right?
    In the 2nd-to-last pic, it looks like there's just barely enough clearance to remove the oil cap. Myself, I'd probably remove the cap first and cover the hole with tin foil before installing the mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sport6 View Post
    Clearance on the oil cap seems to be pretty close, no interference right?
    the angle is funny, but the cap in reality rises a hair above all of that assembly and unscrews / screws on as normal

    Quote Originally Posted by Kain View Post
    What size reverse torx socket for the studs? And any torque specs, or "gudenteit" suffice?
    believe it was E6 for the socket. the studs in the engine mount were hand tight honestly when we pulled them out so we simply cranked them down as tight as we could go

    Quote Originally Posted by chief_wiggum View Post
    Excellent write up (as usual) -- about how long did this take?
    about one hour
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain KRM P5 View Post
    This is how the bracket, bolts and bushings will drop in to the mount;

    holy shit NO

    those bushings are replacements for the damper...



    the bracket is supposed to be FLUSH against the spacer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain KRM P5 View Post


    whats up with the mounting of damper one on top one on botom of bracket
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkswim View Post
    whats up with the mounting of damper one on top one on botom of bracket
    this keeps the damper level, the strut tower bracket sits higher than the bracket on the engine. also keeps it clear of interfering with the hoses and lines.

    the one above picture is not correct, i will delete it for clarity. the bottom image is correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by bani View Post
    holy shit NO

    those bushings are replacements for the damper...



    the bracket is supposed to be FLUSH against the spacer.
    hmm, not the directions i got from M3M. i'll check with him again and check our install to be 110% certain. if i'm wrong, i'll make the changes here and have a mod clean up the thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain KRM P5 View Post
    believe it was E6 for the socket. the studs in the engine mount were hand tight honestly when we pulled them out so we simply cranked them down as tight as we could go
    hand tight? holy crap, your engine was on the verge of dropping then.

    the studs should be super tight, i think the torque spec for those is more than 80ftlbs...

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    ken, i already have the trz combo which i love. why should i buy this? sell me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karl hungus View Post
    ken, i already have the trz combo which i love. why should i buy this? sell me!!!
    its one more piece of the puzzle to lock this engine in. all three corners are covered at this point and your engine simply will NOT move, anywhere. you don't have to pull the mount on the passenger side and do a full replacement. plus its engine bay eye candy at its finest.
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    Will it reduce vibes or increase them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_mazda329 View Post
    Will reduce vibes or increase them?
    no vibes, but lots of noise.

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