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    1. Member 2.0_Mazda's Avatar
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      10-03-2012 03:23 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      My 02 shifts smooth as butter. No need to drop $300 in mounts.
      Corksport and a few companies make urethane inserts that pop in to your existing mounts. Total around $140 last I checked.
      I bought the inserts and regret putting them in. It felt like the engine was bolted directly to the frame via only metal bolts. It also added a weird hope when it gets really warm outside. I got rid of one insert in exchange of a new mount, but still have another to take out.

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      10-03-2012 03:38 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0_Mazda View Post
      I bought the inserts and regret putting them in. It felt like the engine was bolted directly to the frame via only metal bolts. It also added a weird hope when it gets really warm outside. I got rid of one insert in exchange of a new mount, but still have another to take out.
      They come in different "hardnesses", from bone rattling down to near stock. But yeah, I recall lots of people complaining about that.
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      sprayed it on, waited some time, and proceeded to go at it with a scraper, some pliers, and a lot of f-ing hard work.

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      10-03-2012 03:56 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      They come in different "hardnesses", from bone rattling down to near stock. But yeah, I recall lots of people complaining about that.
      After owning a Protege, it made me appreciate Honda's 4-cylinder engines that much more. The Civics don't have any of the vibration or refinement issues that Mazda had with the old Protege engines.
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      It really is the perfect, no excuses all-rounder for the rich guy who's accustomed to having it all - the Hybrid version especially. It's like an F-150 Raptor banged an M5 in the men's room of a biker bar. Nobody really wanted the results, but damn - what a set of genes.

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      10-04-2012 06:12 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by maskedSONY View Post
      After owning a Protege, it made me appreciate Honda's 4-cylinder engines that much more. The Civics don't have any of the vibration or refinement issues that Mazda had with the old Protege engines.
      A Protege with a Honda K20 and some extra sound deadening would be a nearly ideal car. My Protege really does have excellent steering and handling - in some ways equal or better to my '91 CRX Si.
      Sold: 86 240 DL 4MT+OD, 00 Protege ES, 87 325e, 93 S-10, 91 CRX Si, 99 Neon ACR, 90 Accord Coupe.

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      10-04-2012 08:30 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by maskedSONY View Post
      After owning a Protege, it made me appreciate Honda's 4-cylinder engines that much more. The Civics don't have any of the vibration or refinement issues that Mazda had with the old Protege engines.
      The DOHC 1.5 in my 97 Protege and SOHC 1.6 in my 90 323 were quite smooth even at fuel cutoff. (shrug)
      The later NVH was probably mainly due to them being largest displacement versions of old engines.
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