Just installed the aluminum rear diff cushion from Mario

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Just installed the aluminum rear diff cushion from Mario

Postby Dano » Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:31 am

Well my Toyota dealer installed it and charged me 3.8 hours labour, but it includes installing the urethane bushings that come with Mario's kit and 4 rubber support bushings. Great product Mario! Thanks.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:35 am

I myself was very happy with it. I was one of the first to get it, before the polly bushings were of avail. I'll get teh polly bushings some time down the road.
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Postby Darth Boost » Fri Sep 24, 2004 4:20 am

OK, so it's great and you're happy. Now how about telling us how it changes the feel of the car?
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Postby illGT4 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 5:10 am

is this a handling improvement or just more durable?

I thought this was a durability issue.. :shrug:
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Postby Darth Boost » Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:53 am

I read something somewhere sometime (how's that for variables?) that said the handling of the car was improved, it felt more RWDish, and had better throttle response. I thought all those attributes sounded like BS, but I figured I'd try to get a few more opinions.
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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:39 pm

Both are probably due to less flex in the drivetrain. How much it changes things who knows....
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:59 pm

I know. :D

I did the review on the old site.
I would say it is a flew issue.
It mostly made the rear catch up to the front. On take off rather then feeling pulled it felt as if the rear was working more.... like its supposed to.
On turns the rear seems to help more in the turning of the car. Could stay on the throttle longer before going into the nose plow in a turn.

It felt slightly harsher in the back, but not enough to bother a daily driver. So all in all, it makes the rearend work harder and catch up to the rest of the car.
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Postby TexasAlltrac » Fri Sep 24, 2004 3:03 pm

I have Mario's aluminum bushing. I have the poly ones too, but have not installed them.

It took me less than an hour to install on my own with a full set of tools, a floor jack and jack stands with minimal lighting.

My drive train tightened up considerably. I now have slightly less understeer coming into a hard turn. There is no discernable vibration, harsher ride, or extra noise generated from this install. Full throttle accelaration is much snappier with less "mush: that before.

I would recommend the bushing for anyone even considering changing theirs out.

good job, Mario!
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Postby lamard » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:00 pm

Where would someone get this from, and how much? What other driveline upgrades would be recommended to do along with this?
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Postby TexasAlltrac » Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:43 pm

Mario Koenig out of Germany makes them. His price is fair and he ships fast.

I suppose he still watches these forums.

There really are no extra mods needed to take advantage of the aluminum diff mount.
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Postby Gary » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:02 pm

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Postby illGT4 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 9:02 pm

That's what I remember..

How much is this piece?
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Postby Dano » Tue Sep 28, 2004 12:00 am

The kit with alu cushion and urethane bushings is $170 US includes shipping. I think the main advantage is durability. The price is also very good. Less than what Toyota dealer wanted for stock rubber diff. cushion only.
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Postby illGT4 » Tue Sep 28, 2004 4:54 am

Dano wrote:The kit with alu cushion and urethane bushings is $170 US includes shipping. I think the main advantage is durability. The price is also very good. Less than what Toyota dealer wanted for stock rubber diff. cushion only.


Thanks.

Yeah more durable and cheaper than stock is nice. I'll be sure to order one when my stock cushion goes bad.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Tue Sep 28, 2004 4:56 am

You can get a stock one for around 100-110, if you search.

Concidering that I was going through them every couple of years, sooner the more I raced it added up. This diff alum. cusion is a one time buy. Also if your rubber bushings are fine you can get it cheaper w/o the polly bushings. My rubbers bushings are somhow still like new.
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