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Tri-County Gear Motor Mount Lift

Tri-County Gear Motor Mount Lift

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This is the part that came with the Tri-county gear Body Lift.  Now while the body lift was very well machined and I was impressed with the quality, these were the cheapest things I had seen yet.  Basically a chunk of rectangular tubing, with a piece of flat iron weld inside on edge, not very clean welds, not very neat, and definitely not at the same level as a few other manufacturers.  Unfortunately I didn't shoot a lot of pictures of this mod.

Additional Parts:
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Tools Needed:
18mm combo wrench
18mm socket
15mm socket
11mm socket
Long extensions for the sockets

 

Installation:

You will need to remove the fan shroud from the radiator if you have not already done a body lift.
1. Make certain engine is cool and remove the radiator bottle.  You need to remove the hose from the nipple right below the radiator cap, then push in on the bottle as you pull up.
radiator botle locking tab pulling it out
2. Then remove the 4 bolts holding the fan shroud to the radiator with a mm socket. radiator shroud bolts radiator shroud bolts

 

Motor Mount Lift
Caution: Place block of wood between floor jack and bottom of oil pan.
1. Loosen both Motor Mount to Engine Bracket Bolts. This helps to allow the engine to rotate up.  Also loosen the Transmission to skid nuts, this will allow the engine to slide around.

factory Motor Mount

2. Brace engine with floor jack and piece of wood under the oil pan.  Be careful that you do not get the wood on to the oil drain area.  
3. Remove Factory Mount on passenger side. passenger side mount
4. Now screw the Tri-County Gear spacer onto the factory motor mount stud.  Make certain you get the other holes lined up. aseemble the spacer TCG spacer
5. Install TCG spacers onto frame bracket.
6. Torque lower nut tight, being careful to keep the mount centered on the frame extension. You will not be able to tighten this nut later. I was able to get a stubby open ended wrench in there after the driver side was done and check the tightness.  You might be able to get a thin wall socket on it, but I didn't have one to try. Underside passenger mount with difficult bolt
7. Now to the driver side. You can do this two ways. I choose to remove the entire assembly, and then undo the mount to engine bolt, but you could take the nut off the bolt first. Either way if you have A/C the engine bracket is coming off.  Having no A/C compressor should allow you to just pull the bolt out forwards and skip taking the engine bracket off.
8. Remove lower nut from mount.  
9. Remove 3 bolts from engine bracket.  
10. Remove upper bolt from mount. At this point if you choose to remove the nut earlier you can rotate the mount and bracket to get the mount to bracket bolt out. Otherwise the entire assembly will slide down along the side of the engine and pull out through the bottom. driver side factory mount
11. Remove the mount to engine bolt. I tried the reinstall the assembly with this bolt back in the correct direction, but I would have needed 3 people to do this, so I gave up. I didn't figure it was that important to put the bolt in from the forward direction, besides it is much easier to bolt the engine bracket to the engine, motor mount to the frame and then line up the mount to frame bolt.  I am going to keep an eye on it to see.
12. Reinstall the engine bracket. reinstall engine bracket
13. Install the other TCG spacer on to the factory Motor mount and install and snug the bolts on Motor Mount.
14. Lift Engine and reinstall the Driver side Motor Mount to Engine bolt from the rear.
15. Install Passenger side Motor mount to engine bracket bolt. I needed to tap the side of the mount to get it to line up perfectly.
16. Install nut and snug that bolt, lower the engine, but do not take all the weight off the jack.
17. Tighten all the motor mount bolts.  
18. Now back to passenger side. Put a big screwdriver between the engine bracket and motor mount. Pry gently, and tighten up the Mount to engine bolt when it is all the way out in oval.  This will give you the clearance between the engine bracket and the frame bracket.
19. Tighten the Driver side mount to engine bolt.  
20. Tighten the transmission to skid nuts.  

 

  N-m Ft. Lbs. In. Lbs.
Support Cushion Bolts/Nuts  40 30 -
Support Cushion Thru-Bolt  48 35 -
ENGINE BLOCK BOLTS 50 37 -
TRANSMISSION MOUNT NUTS 28 21 -

This page last updated: 16-Apr-2008

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