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Old 11-13-2017, 01:10 PM   #1
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K-member removal

A series of events unfolded and now I must drop my front suspension/k-member. To do some repairs.

I was wondering if any of you had some suggestions before I drop the stock K-member

(I've removed the a-arms before, just not the k-member)
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Old 11-13-2017, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: K-member removal

That's how I drop the motor on my car. But I have a lift. You can do this on jack stands as well just not as easy. As to removing the A arms I have found it easier to do this before lifting the car too high to remove the 2 bolts thru the bushings. You will need to put a floor jack under the edge of the arm between the bushings then once the bolts are out you just lower the jack. No need for a spring compressor doing it that way and you do not have the separate the ball joint from the spindle if you don't need to.


As to the k-member if you are dropping the engine and trans leave it bolted to it and place a 4 wheel dolly under the k-member and the pan on the trans. Disconnect everything and lift the car off the motor and trans.


If your only dropping the k-member then get one of the bridges to attach the engine to that will sit on the inside of the fenders by the strut towers. Tighten the chains to allow you to remove the motor mount thru bolts.
Disconnect the brake lines and the proportioning valve and use a jack to hold the member while you remove the 6 bolts and the 2 triangle braces on the front (3) bolts each. then lower it.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:36 PM   #3
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If your only dropping the k-member then get one of the bridges to attach the engine to that will sit on the inside of the fenders by the strut towers. Tighten the chains to allow you to remove the motor mount thru bolts.
Disconnect the brake lines and the proportioning valve and use a jack to hold the member while you remove the 6 bolts and the 2 triangle braces on the front (3) bolts each. then lower it.
I've never dropped the K alone but this sounds like a reasonable way to do it.
I have/and do drop the eng/trans together out the bottom by raising the body with an engine crane. Lift would be nice.
I leave all the suspension, exhaust connected and just roll everything out together...




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If your only dropping the k-member then get one of the bridges to attach the engine to that will sit on the inside of the fenders by the strut towers. Tighten the chains to allow you to remove the motor mount thru bolts.
Disconnect the brake lines and the proportioning valve and use a jack to hold the member while you remove the 6 bolts and the 2 triangle braces on the front (3) bolts each. then lower it.
Good info
I didn't even think about the brake lines.
Thanks for the help.
This whole situation is a diaster for me.
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KCG:

What attachment point(s) do you use to connect your hoist to the body while you are sliding the K-member and motor out from under the body?
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