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Old 04-25-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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Ok, this may be a stupid question...but I searched and came up with very little.

I got my Madman/TR motor plate kit in. It comes with 2 plates (one per side), 2 J-brackets, 4 bolts, 4 nuts, and some washers.

Now obviously the plate goes on under the water pump and the 'ears' on the plate sit on the frame rails.

What do you do with the J-brackets? All I can figure is they bolt to the side of the frame rails and hold the 'ears' on the plate. Like in the picture below.

Is there a write-up on how to do this install? I have forward facing manifolds, how much is ok to cut out of the plate?

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The j brackets weld to the frame rail behind the motorplate. The motorplate bolts to the brackets. You can trim the plates quite a bit. I wouldnt cut them any smaller than 3 " across.
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Ahh, that makes more sense. Thanks Madman.

I will post pictures when I get this finished.
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Madman do you need a midplate for this setup??? I've been tossing the motorplate idea back and forth but all my buddies were telling me that a front plate isn't enough and you HAVE to run a midplate as well.....

Any truth to this????
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i know of several guys that run just the motor plate. having both would be an advantage, i had a motor plate setup but decided to sell it to keep my car a little more "streetable" for the time being until i go turbo in a year or two then motor plate etc go in the car.
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anyone sell a midplate setup for our car or is it something you could fab up Madman????? I'd sure like to be able to remove the engine and leave the tranny in place... that'd be shweet....
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I have midplates also in stock. They require a little more work due to all the different headers out.
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he's running a forward facing manifolds for the turbo setup so the mid plate shouldn't interfere with those right? when you run the mid plate you do you have to have a different size spacer on the converter or anything like that?
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My midplate is .100 thick. Most convertors have enough engagement. It should be checked though. Usually you will have to space the convertor to the flexplate some.
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I guess that's a steel Midplate? Either way, however thick the midplate is the converter needs to be shimmed also. If the Midplate is installing between the motor and tranny. Good rule of thumb is the converter should come out of the tranny .080-.120"
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Is the motor plate set-up you sale enough for a big power car? Just seems to me that the front plates wouldnt keep the motor from twisting (being mounted under the water pump), and the midplate seems thin, I could easily be wrong. Thanks
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I have cars with over 1500hp running these plates. Big Ricks turbo LT1 runs my plates and Brady has had 3 cars with them.
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I have cars with over 1500hp running these plates. Big Ricks turbo LT1 runs my plates and Brady has had 3 cars with them.
Sounds good to me .
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I have midplates also in stock. They require a little more work due to all the different headers out.
I will be ordering the motor plate along with the midplate... but I can't seem to find the midplate on your webpage? Thanks

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They are on Thunders site under Madman parts.
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They are on Thunders site under Madman parts.
I would rather buy it from you directly... is that not possible?

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i just sold my old motor plate setup (not madman's) and i'm already thinking about getting a madman setup for my car, just can't decide between that and solid mounts. can't say enough about Madman's parts and service though, you guys should definatly look into his parts.
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Madman...using your motorplate, can I lower the engine about 1" or so? Or is there a whole slew of other stuff that prevents that? (considering I have the room b/w the pan and K member of course).

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You can mount the engine where ever you want to. Just remember the headers etc get closer to the ground.
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