STAGE .5 mounts, 65A in shore hardness, were developed for those wanting an upgrade in both performance and durability over the OEM mounts, yet were still very concerned with daily comfort. For comparison the OEM mounts are around 40-45A hardness. These mounts will provide an almost factory level of comfort on a VR6 while offering both an increase in performance and greatly increased level of durabiltiy. We recommend Stage .5 mounts for modified MK3 ABA and stock to lightly modified VR6 vehicles.
Experiencing abnormal vibrations in your ABA after installing these mounts? Check out
THIS THREAD on VWVortex for a possible solution!
The mounts shown above were removed from an ABA with less than 100k on the clock. Notice the high mileage insert is noticeably "squished" vs. the new insert on the right. Over time the weight and movement of the engine can compress the stock mount from 1/4" (shown) to 1/2" - or even more in some cases! Damage tends to be worse on higher mileage cars as well as VR6 engines.