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    Engine Damper Question

    I have a question on the importance of the engine damper "strut" on the manual-shift Turbo II in my LeBaron GTC (see photos). As you can probably tell, this is the one on the passenger side near that motor mount. This year, all of the motor mounts were replaced, and we saw that this damper was basically shot. I did not replace it at that time and put the original back on. I'm looking for an opinion as to whether this damper does $100+ worth of good. The only place I have seen them is Arizona Parts for $100. Any cheaper option? Thoughts anyone? Thanks!




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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    only cars I've ever seen these in are the J body convertibles

    I'd get the solid adjustable bobble bracket link for behind the diff first

    I have a set of those mounts with the dampers I saved back in the mid 90's
    they were to stiff to compress by hand back then but have softened up some sitting for 20 odd years

    that said I'd use them new again if I had the use for them , with the solid bobble bracket to make the effort really worth while... and hard rubber or poly engine mounts

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    Personally, I think it very much depends on what you want out of the car. If you're going to just drive it and enjoy it at shows, etc. I would leave it be. I don't think they do all that much for engine rotation, and with good front, and side mounts, I think they're largely unnecessary. I have one on my wife's Daytona, and I couldn't tell you that it has made a difference in the least.

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    Thanks Cordes. That was my thought as well. I'm thinking if the mounts are bad and the shock is good, it might help a little. But with all of the mounts new, I have a hard time believing I would notice anything for my $100+.

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    pretty much there to dampen engine vibes translating into the chassis being that they're only on verts. The 90+ verts did away with them but they have a bad --- passenger motor mount that allows zero engine movement rotationally. It's the mount to get if you have a 90+ TD.

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHNSLHT2 View Post
    pretty much there to dampen engine vibes translating into the chassis being that they're only on verts. The 90+ verts did away with them but they have a bad --- passenger motor mount that allows zero engine movement rotationally. It's the mount to get if you have a 90+ TD.
    Are you talking about the larger passenger side barn shaped mount? I didn't realize it helped to limit rotation if that's the case.

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    These mounts are also used on the TC.

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    Quote Originally Posted by cordes View Post
    Are you talking about the larger passenger side barn shaped mount? I didn't realize it helped to limit rotation if that's the case.
    barn shaped? Not sure, but it only came on the 90+ verts and looks different than the regular 90+ mounts. The regular mounts are a wet noodle that you can twist by hand. The vert mount is almost like having a solid bobble strut but without any vibration issues.

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    Re: Engine Damper Question

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHNSLHT2 View Post
    barn shaped? Not sure, but it only came on the 90+ verts and looks different than the regular 90+ mounts. The regular mounts are a wet noodle that you can twist by hand. The vert mount is almost like having a solid bobble strut but without any vibration issues.
    Thank you for that clarification. I'll have to look more closely at the 90+ vert mounts the next time I see one.

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