Marco Santo's B8 S4

Esteemed Audi tuner 034 Motorsport reached out to me recently with an exciting offer to review their all-new B8 Transmission Mount Insert which fits the B8 A4/S4, A5/S5/RS5, and Q5/SQ5, so I had my friend and fellow San Diego Audi Club (SDAC) member Marco Santos install it and give us his thoughts. Marco owns a 2012 Audi S4 with DSG (pictured above and throughout) that has a nice list of mods, and is no stranger to performance driving, so I thought he’d be the perfect person to test this product out.

Marco Santo's B8 S4

Marco’s Review:

In doing research on the 034 Motorsport Transmission Mount, I saw many people that had noticed a big difference, while others said they weren’t sure – so I couldn’t wait to install it and judge for myself! Even with the GIAC DSG tune and AK Brace, the difference was immediately noticeable and quite impressive.

The day I installed it, I took my car on a 60 mile Palomar Mountain drive with the San Diego Audi Club. With the mount installed, I feel the gears engage much smoother and quicker. I drive my car on manual mode at all times, and shifting from 1st to 2nd gear is now as smooth as can be, and I also noticed a nice improvement from 2nd to 3rd. The mount keeps the transmission in place with less movement and better performance. Overall, I realized that the 034 mount was what was missing to give me and my car that feel of control of my transmission.

I highly recommend anyone to pick the 034 Transmission mount and you will not be disappointed; it’s a part that is extremely affordable, easy to install, and makes a huge difference.

Marco Santo's B8 S4

For more information or to place your order, visit: http://store.034motorsport.com/transmission-mount-insert-billet-aluminum-b8-audi-a4-s4-rs4-a5-s5-rs5.html. The part costs just $75 plus shipping, and the official description of the product is as follows:

This billet aluminum insert is designed to fill the large void in the factory transmission mount, and limit transmission movement without sacrificing ride quality or introducing any additional noise, vibration, or harshness into the cabin. By filling the void in the factory mount, this insert eliminates the associated slop and ensures that you’re experiencing crisper shifts and a smoother driving experience.

Marco Santos B8 S4

Marco’s B8 Audi S4 DSG Mod List:

  • GIAC Stage 2 ECU tune
  • AWE Supercharger pulley
  • GIAC DSG tune
  • AWE Cold from system
  • AWE Non resonated downpipes
  • Magnaflow exhaust
  • Roc-Euro Intake
  • AWE Boost gage
  • AK Sub frame brace
  • H&R Sport Springs
  • H&R adjustable Sway bars
  • SPC adjustable Control arms
  • Vossen CV2 wheels
  • Stoptech Rotors with Akebono pads
  • RS4 front grill
  • E-code headlights
  • Blacked out trim and rear balancer
  • 034 Motorsport Transmission Mount

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Thanks for the review, Marco, and thanks for the product to demo, 034 Motorsport!

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