Customer Reviews: RoadsterSport MX-5 Competition Motor Mounts 2006-2015
With my old 70 durometer AWR engine mount wearing out, I was looking for something a little more comfortable but still acceptably sporty this time around. Since I was looking for a little more comfort but still with a lot of sportiness in it, I opted for the GWR competition mount instead of the (seemingly) stiffer EPDM NC engine mount. I am glad to report that I am very happy with the results.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I am going to rehash the saying that "Mazda should have included these stiffer Mazdaspeed-style competition engine mount straight from the factory" instead of using the soft OEM rubber mounts that they used. At idle and during regular street driving, these engine mounts still vibrate ever so slightly to remind you that the NC is a proper sports cars, and that she is ready to play any time at your command. I'd have to say that throttle modulation as well as power delivery is not quite as immediate and direct as the 70 durometer AWR mounts, but neither is the driving nearly as harsh and buzziness. Instead of a soft, overly dampened delay that I seem to remember from the OEM mounts, these competition mounts merely took all the harsh edges out of the equation and leaves the driver with a firmly dampened sensation.
During the times when high performance driving is called for, the GWR mounts can easily keep up with any action you throw at it. Shifts are quick and crisp. Again, it doesn't have the same raw directness as the AWR, but at the same time, it has none of the AWR's harshness and rough edges either. With the OEM engine mount, I used to miss a lot of aggressive 2-3 upshifts and 3-2 downshifts because the engine mounts just couldn't hold the engine still enough to allow me to slot the shifter into the proper cog. Since installing the GWR competition mounts, I have yet to encounter any difficulty with up/downshifting at the autox or the track. These engine mounts just won't miss a beat.
Overall, I am very happy with the balanced performance that these mounts are delivering. They do not beat me up with NVH during regular street use, but at the same time, they always keep up with whatever crazy action I decide to throw at them. In short, I am going to sound like a broken record again -- these engine mounts should really have come straight from the factory with the car in the first place.
These work as advertised, there is a bit more vibration felt in the shifter & steering wheel but not much. The improvement in shifting is well worth the additional slight vibration. I have the Goodwin engine brace on my Miata as well as these mounts & am very happy with this combination.
Installation is an easy swap, you'll reuse the steel shells from the original mounts, so everything is a bolt right in swap.
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