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Old 02-14-2019, 07:38 AM
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Upper motor mount - cheap vs. OEM vs. expensive

My upper right motor mount is definitely shot on my 65000 mile R52. Any opinions/experience on if OEM is best choice? It looks like I can get the OEM mount for $100-$120, or a cheap aftermarket for half price, or the Vibra-Technics for about double price. Basically, are the cheap ones garbage, or is the Vibra-Technics (or some other premium one) worth it?
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:10 AM
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I think so, i have the motor, trans and lower mount all vibra techniques and the drive train is solid.... $1k, but no problems and installed two years ago, with intent to keep car
 
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Depends, if you have a Header, you definitely want a good one, it will save the flex tube, which in turn saves you from repairing or replacing the Header.

If you don't mind changing it every 50-60k get the OEM, but if you don't want to change it again, get the good one.

Personally I wouldn't by the cheap one, no matter.
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:29 AM
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For OEM, this looks like a really good deal. Definitely not spending $1k on engine mounts right now when I'm prioritizing suspension and engine improvements.

OEM FRONT & REAR ENGINE MOUNT, TORX BOLT SET - $125 shipped
 
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Just as an FYI, the lower mounts usually hold up pretty well for non performance applications, zero it probably doesn't need changing.
And make sure you order the correct one for your year, there were 2 different designs for the r53/r52, the change was in mid-late 2004.
What we call Pre-Facelift to Facelift.
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:03 PM
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The Vibra-Technics is stiffer than the OEM mount and the engine rocks less every time you apply and release power. If you have manual transmission, you'll like the more direct feeling it gives to the clutch.
 
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Between my two MINI's I have replaced 6 upper mounts at $80 each, 4 on my R50 (just gets driven more) and 2 on the R53. $480 in parts. I put the Vibra on my R50. $200 for the Vibra is still less then the $320 I had already spent on the OEMs and now I know that I will never have to replace it again. I will replace the OEM in the R53 when it looses its goo with a Vibra.

If yo do by the Vibra, direct you browser to the .co.uk site. Even with the $35 in shipping, it's less then buying from a domestic company, at least it was when I got mine.
 
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Many of the aftermarket branded ones are actually oem mounts that have the “MINI” logo ground off of them. Not all of them, though. On my last car, I replaced the upper mount with a No-name brand one the first time......was complete trash.....car vibrated like crazy. Replaced again with oem and all was good.

i just replaced the one on my current r53 with this one last spring.....it’s obviously an oem Mount that’s been rebranded....works great.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-rein-par...116763259~crp/

also be sure to order a new bolt bolt for the bottom (that bolts the mount to the frame rail from underneath.

happy wrenching!
 
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This is my fun car so I went with the you get what you pay for route. Vibra-Technics uppers and lower, PowerFlex everywhere else on the car.
 
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You won't be disappointed, replacing the inadequate stock engine mounts was one of the first things I did to my R53.
 
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:38 AM
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I too went the vibratechnics street mount route for the upper and transmission mount. The lower torque mount is the BHS one though. Super happy with that combination.
 
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:12 AM
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I too went the vibratechnics street mount route for the upper and transmission mount. The lower torque mount is the BHS one though. Super happy with that combination.
I have the same setup on the JCW and quite like it.
 
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