Well, I got the old HB off. This was NOT easy. The HB on a 2001 is VERY different than the older models. The 01 HB has 2 layers of rubber and has an additional plate on the inside. The first layer of rubber is just like the older model, but the second layer sits inside and is attached to the inner wall and has a separate spoked support plate. The inner wall is also much thicker and the whole HB is much heavier and much more substantial.
When my HB went bad that support plate for the second layer actually shifted inside (rotated) and blocked the holes for the balancer remover. I had to use a screw driver and reposition the plate (this was a PITA). The job took a total of 4 hours (it only took 5 minutes to get the main bolt out).
This is tough to explain, so here are some pictures.
(Sorry, but for some reason, you have to copy and paste the address of the pictures)
Here is a pic of the comparison (the one on the left is the 01 model)
The old ones failed by cracking towards the outer edge of the rubber, but the design of the 01 model makes it fail on the inner edge of the rubber, like mine did
Here is a pic of mine (definitely bad).
Here is a close up of the 01 model
Here is a close up of the older model:
So, here is my question. Should I install the older HB, or is it not going to work? I do not want to have to pull it off again if it does not work.