torque straps and motor mounts



torque straps and motor mounts

Postby grumpyvette » December 14th, 2009, 11:26 am

once your engines hp and torque levels start to significantly exceed the factory levels its not at all uncommon for the engines twisting movement in the frame to start stressing the factory motor mounts, this can result in difficult shifts due to linkage geometry changes or jammed throttles etc.
On the motor mounts, the driver side is under extension or stretching and the passenger is under compression, as the engine torque increases with shifts etc. so the load is on the driver side. This is the reason for the solid driver mount most guys use is to limit engine movement,. As far as the trans goes, I like having something to absorb any vibes in the car so Ive generally used the hard plastic/ or POLY trans mounts. The weaker part is the aluminum trans case
many guys go to the stronger aftermarket poly motor mounts or add a short section of chain from the drivers side cylinder head to the drivers side frame to limit the shock loads on the motor mounts that speed shifts, high stall speed converters, higher rear gears and slicks, and much higher torque loads impart to the factory mounts, the first time you bust an engine mount and the throttle jams wide open , you might see the advantages
many guys simply bolt a short section of chain or an adjustable strap with heim joint ends,between the left side car frame and some solid location like a bolt on the the left engine cylinder head that has just a bit of slack so as the engine torque increases stress on the motor mounts it tightens up as the distance between the left cylinder head and frame increases and significantly reduces the load on the motor mount.
POLY MOTOR MOUNTS and a decent grade 8 -7/16" bolt about 3.5" long is the common solution,to broken stock motor mount in a high stress application,
btw on some motor mounts the bolt holes either don,t line up exactly or the holes a bit under sized so a bit of drill bit time might be required to get the thru bolt to clear easily, so don,t get crazy, test fit the bolt before you install the mounts

if youve built a real torque monster solid mid plate mounts might be a good idea
http://stores.channeladvisor.com/Summit ... s/CEE-4031
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http://www.kmjent.com/cart/product.php?productid=1047

http://www.kmjent.com/cart/product.php? ... 602&page=1
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IF your having trouble getting motor mounts to line up correctly ,you do realize that chevy motor mounts come in several styles and heights
1- 11/16"
1- 3/4"
2 -1/8"
2- 3/8"
2 -9/32"

theres also spacers for motor mounts
Part # Description
62535 Motor Mount Shim Kit

1/16", 1/8", and 3/16" thick, 2 ea.
Standard Chevrolet bolt pattern
Works great with Chevy Motor Mounts 62500, 62510, 62515, & 62530
Used to make slight adjustments to engine height to compensate for minor oil pan, linkage, and header interference
Great addition to engine swap kits
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http://www.moroso.com/eb/catalog/naviga ... =main.menu
theres far more than just these designs
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viewtopic.php?f=71&t=545&p=684&hilit=engine+mounts#p684

viewtopic.php?f=50&t=704&p=1573&hilit=engine+mounts#p1573

viewtopic.php?f=38&t=879&p=1377&hilit=engine+mounts#p1377

viewtopic.php?f=87&t=783&p=4910&hilit=engine+mounts#p4910

viewtopic.php?f=50&t=44&p=103&hilit=engine+mounts#p103

viewtopic.php?f=38&t=200&p=235&hilit=engine+mounts#p235

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/m/405_Eng ... -Kits.html

http://www.racecarparts.com/Big_Block_Chevy.html

http://www.eficonnection.com/eficonnection/58x.aspx

http://www.tperformance.com/street_rod_ ... or_mounts/

http://www.brokenkitty.com/xj/xjv8.htm

http://www.highangledriveline.com/unlti ... system.htm

http://www.highangledriveline.com/toy_flange.html

http://www.mrdriveshaft.com/U-Joint%20P ... 20U-Joints

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavist ... ndex4.html

https://sdp-si.com/eStore/Direct.asp?GroupID=574

http://www.billshotrodcompany.com/673/5301.html

http://www.speedhound.com/lsxswap.html

http://www.billetspecialties.com/assets/pdf/747.pdf

http://kwikperf.com/

http://www.progressiveautomotive.com/motor.htm

http://chucker54.stores.yahoo.net/enginemounts.html

http://www.sachserodshop.com/pdf/5.pdf

http://www.tdperformance.com/categories/?id=3102

http://www.hotrodsusa.com/store/bills.html

http://www.campbellenterprises.com/motorplates.htm

http://www.alangrovecomponents.com/

http://chucker54.stores.yahoo.net/enginemounts.html


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http://competitionengineering.com/catal ... Code=11025
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http://engine-swaps.com/frames/frame_Torquestrap.html

http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/po ... index.html

http://www.fordmuscle.com/archives/2000/04/quicktips/

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http://competitionengineering.com/catal ... Code=10029

if you want to get fancy and do a really nice job you can fabricate custom, adjustable length torque straps with HEIM joint swivel ends,and heavy wall stainless or chrome moly steel tubing and weld a lower bracket to the frame
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http://www.pacificnorthwestbearing.net/ ... _info.html
IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby 87vette81big » March 2nd, 2014, 3:22 pm

I spent some time researching today Grumpy.
Solid Motor Mounts . For a C4 Corvette.
I started with your site of course.
I found ZERO RESULTS.
Seems there were 2 different factory engine mounts used.
Clam Shell style.
1984-91. Gen 1 Crossfire & TPI & Early 1990-'91 LT5 ZR-1.
Then the Gen 1 sbc LT1 & LT-4. 1992-96.

Also Googled searched.
Read the Corvette based forums & posts.
It appears none have ever used solid motor mounts in a C4 Vette.
C4 motor mounts have thier own aftermarket replacement #.
Does not interchange with Camaro or others
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MOROSO don't show a listing for solid motor mounts in a C4 .
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby 87vette81big » March 2nd, 2014, 3:26 pm

Solid motor mounts are a must in the Drag Racing World.
Or engine Front & Midplate.

I can see why C4 's are not considered fast by most....
Crap aftermarket support.
No Race Items .

Had fun reading your old BBC Swap posts & threads.
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby grumpyvette » March 2nd, 2014, 4:42 pm

the C4 corvette, looks really nice when properly set up, but they are heavy and not easy to work on,due to less than ideal room, to work, plus the rear independent suspension and differential is weak enough to cause problems
IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby 87vette81big » March 2nd, 2014, 4:50 pm

Not givng up Grumpy.
Just means more fabrication required.
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby chromebumpers » March 3rd, 2014, 1:54 am

I know a little about how it feels with a throttle linkage stuck in wide open position going down an off ramp into merging traffic! I'll be fastening down the drivers' side on my GTO build for sure!
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby philly » March 3rd, 2014, 2:48 am

the adjustable heim joint setup llooks clean, you think it would be overkill or uneccessary to put them on both sides of the motor? just looking at it from a uniform / symmetrical standpoit
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby 87vette81big » March 3rd, 2014, 7:05 am

If the Heim or Aurora joint is too small it can still break or fail.
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby philly » March 5th, 2014, 10:45 pm

87vette81big wrote:If the Heim or Aurora joint is too small it can still break or fail.


do they have some sort of stress ratings? like tensile strengths?
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby 87vette81big » March 6th, 2014, 12:04 am

philly wrote:
87vette81big wrote:If the Heim or Aurora joint is too small it can still break or fail.


do they have some sort of stress ratings? like tensile strengths?

Yes they do Phil.
Aurora brand Rod Ends have tensile ratings in PSI.
I used to have one of thier catalogs .
The Chromoly have the highest ratings.
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby philly » March 6th, 2014, 2:00 am

87vette81big wrote:
philly wrote:
87vette81big wrote:If the Heim or Aurora joint is too small it can still break or fail.


do they have some sort of stress ratings? like tensile strengths?

Yes they do Phil.
Aurora brand Rod Ends have tensile ratings in PSI.
I used to have one of thier catalogs .
The Chromoly have the highest ratings.



sweet, i'll lok into it as the project unfolds
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Re: torque straps and motor mounts

Postby 87vette81big » March 6th, 2014, 6:45 am

Aurora Brand Rod Ends are regarded as the Very Best in the Drag Racing World Phil.
I do believe all rod ends made by them are 4130 & 4140 construction.

Aurora rod ends were included in my Competition Engineering Pro Magnum 4-Link Kit.
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