Review: SXTH Element Lower Mount
I did not see much talk about the lower engine mount so I wanted to give my thoughts on it. I just put the SXTH Element mount in last night and I am super impressed. This has been one of the first mods I have done on every FWD car since the factory ones always feel sloppy. I have the daily durometer bushings which I think are perfect for stock power levels.
Install: No issues. A technician at the dealer I work for did it in a half hour.
NVH: Yes, the mount causes vibrations, and if you never driven a car with upgraded mounts just be aware that they will be there but will eventually settle down. They really are not bad at all. The vibrations are at a higher frequency which is not as annoying. I actually enjoy these added vibrations and stiffness. It adds a sportier element to the drive. You also get more engine noise transmitted through the body into the cabin, along with a little gearbox whine sometimes. It is louder but makes driving the car a **** of a lot more exciting.
Performance: Like night and day. No more sloppy take offs and shifts or wheel hop. I used to get notchy and sloppy shifts into third and fourth intermittently, and now it just slides into gear like butter. On launches and first to second shifts you now just get a little wheel spin and no wheel hop. Before the mount it sounded like the wheels were going to jump through the fenders. It is also much easier to start off normally (car is 6MT).
Overall: For ~$200 it is well worth it. The car was a little too soft before and this mount helps the car actually feel sport. You just have to decide for yourself if the vibrations will bother you. Plus SXTH Element was very helpful with any questions I had and their website is super easy to use.