And here is the final verdict on the BSH mounts:
dogbone stays in
engine mounts come out
The NHV had definitely improved over my initial review, and it was probably 80% better than when I first installed them. That said, it was still 100% worse than stock.
We did a lot of trial and error this morning (BSH engine mounts/stock dogbone and OEM engine mounts/BSH dogbone), and found that the OEM engine mounts combined with the BSH dogbone still provides a crisp shift feel, while eliminating the dreaded transmission slop and wheel hop. And now that the dogbone is broken in, the ride comfort truly feels comparable to stock. I am obviously missing the "planted" feel of the engine, but honestly, I am so relieved to have my car back to a place where I'm not driving down the street constantly pressing on all interior trim pieces to figure out where the worst rattles are coming from. Add to that the fact that I can hear the intake and the spool of the K04 again, and I'm a very happy camper.
I really did give the BSH engine mounts the old college try, but frankly, the ride quality and cabin comfort deteriorated so significantly that I was no longer enjoying the mechanical benefits. Again, this is my impression only, and for the way I drive my car -- daily driving and occasionally scaring the **** out of an M or S type of car -- it was simply not worth it.