Thanks, this is the kind of input I'm after.BFI's Stage 1 dogbone insert is pretty low on the totem pole in terms of effectiveness. It doesn't even have the upper inserts that BFI's Stage 2 insert has. I wouldn't do any insert that lacks an upper portion for the upper voids in the upper OEM bushing.
If your car is a manual, the Hybrid bushing really doesn't increase NVH too much as long as you keep the revs at like 1500+ when taking off. You'll get some vibes rolling in 1st/2nd gear in traffic. But in all other circumstances it'll feel fine, only now every time you shift you will experience sublime solidity in the drivetrain. As people describe it, you feel the engine/trans "set" in place when you clutch in/out, whereas stock you just feel it all bounce around.
If you're DSG and the vibrations scare you, I would stick to inserts and forgo the hybrid bushing.
In reading, it sounds like the 'upper' portions of the mounts require the subframe to be lowered/dropped in order to install, which I'm trying to avoid, as they're stretch bolts (and yes, I'm lazy and don't want to drop the subframe until I decide to do a FSB). And yes, 6MT.
Definitely not concerned about excessive vibrations, considering that most folks feel stage 1 all around are too much. Am I incorrect that the hybrid Powerflex mount requires the subframe to be lowered/a clamp needs to be rigged up to install a hybrid-style mount?
Do you (or anyone else reading) have a suggestion for an ideal mount insert, I'd love to hear it. I know I'm being whiny about putting in some work, but I'm trying to be smart about when I take certain things apart/make certain upgrades -- if the subrame has to come down, then I'll put off the hybrid mount until subframe deadset kit and FSB time, so I don't have to repeatedly deal with stretch bolts.
Thank you again!