Quality aftermarket engine mounts?

Benjamin Owner/Technician Georgia Posted   Latest   Edited  
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2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8L (R18A1) 5-spd (SPCA)

I have 2 cars, Hondas, waiting for engine mounts to come off back order and was wondering if anyone knows of an aftermarket brand they trust? I had my fair share of bad experiences using aftermarket mounts years ago before stopping using them. Cough Anchor) cough. 2 mounts I’m thinking in particular that I might get away with using aftermarket is 07 accord v6 side mount, I was fortunately able to get the front one from the dealer, and the other car is an 09 civic 1.8 lower torque mount. World Pac just shows reboxed Anchor or Anchor quality so I’ve been told.

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Jesse Owner/Technician
Georgia
Jesse
 

Anchor is great so long as you have 2 people and big pry bars.. lol

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Wayne Owner/Technician
Ontario
Wayne
 

I will be watching this post. I too have been having really bad luck with mounts in the last decade. People quickly forget the conversations about the possibilities of engine vibrations and jump at saving a few bucks. Fast forward two weeks and they are on the phone with an ever since discussion. I resorted to having to buy a used front engine mount for a civic that was back ordered up the ying…

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David Business Development Manager
Ohio
David
 

Hello Benjamin, I’ve had bad luck with obtaining decent aftermarket Civic motor mounts, going 0-3 over the past couple of years (via Rock Auto). One of the installs made the car feel like it had solid motor mounts. Ended up going the OEM route. — Dave

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Chad Technician
Georgia
Chad
 

WorldPac use to have some, but like you say they seem to have gone the cheaper route. They're out there it's just a hassle to “test” a new supplier, especially if it's labor intensive.

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Tony Owner/Technician
Missouri
Tony
 

I feel your pain with the crazy Honda parts discontinuations and backorders. I have never installed an aftermarket canister style mount (conventional, vacuum, or magnetorheological) on any make and hope to never do so. The stories are enough for me to stay away. If your applications are not load bearing or if they are fairly simple solid rubber designs I'd use them if there was no other option…

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Ted Owner
Texas
Ted
   

It seems every mount is application specific/sensitive. Any mount that is weight bearing, I prefer factory to eliminate potential for harshness/vibration due to harder rubber compound. Side note - it seems many of the Honda RF mounts (eg. CRV with vertical stud) that are rubber and support the front (belt drive) of the engine seem to sag (not crack) and allow the mount upper bracket to contact…

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Stephen Owner/Technician
California
Stephen
 

That's a good tip, maybe use alignment shims?

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

They are all junk AFAIK. We have been left with no … option, so we just use AM junk and provide statements regarding their inferior performance and life expectancy. NAPA does have a premium line for a very limited number of applications, which seem to be of … quality; this application is not covered.

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Lonny Diagnostician
Florida
Lonny
 

I do alot of wholesale work and use Westar.

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Philip Educator
California
Philip
 

Ben, This is only the testimonial of a salesman, so take it for what it is worth. I was at the Napa Expo as a technical specialist for the company I work for (exhibitor) but my heart is still in the repair side after so many years as a tech and shop owner. I stopped at the booth for motor mounts and had a conversation with the guy behind the counter. He sells motor mounts to, I assume, Balkamp…

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Benjamin Owner/Technician
Georgia
Benjamin
   

Thanks Philip! Btw I have a Phil’s probe and like it a lot! Very useful

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Randall Technician
Pennsylvania
Randall
 

Many years ago I asked a parts company sales representative…Why did they drop the higher quality products? He stated that most everyone wanted and purchased the “CHEAPEST”. Eventually, that’s nearly all that remains. It‘s a race to the bottom. It forces those of us that still care, to have to invest a lot of research time into ordinary parts purchases. Fortunately, we have a place to share…

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

All true. Same old sad story. But, it also provides opportunities.

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Philip Educator
California
Philip
 

Glad to hear you are finding it useful. I like mine too :).

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