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How to Install a K-member and A-arms.

This is a discussion on How to Install a K-member and A-arms. within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Originally Posted by SMWS6TA I thought you should never put anything on the oil pan because the weight of the ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    I thought you should never put anything on the oil pan because the weight of the engine would crush it.
    my v6 motor handled it like a champ, havent tried it on my LS though, what I'll probably do is put a jack and wood block combo under the oilpan and another under the bellhousing

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    thats the old school way of thinkn. On ls engines the oil pan is actuly a stuctural support for the entire block. Also ur engine isnt gonna crush itself under its own weight. Lifting it with the entire cars weight on the other hand will crush or crack it. just to be clear here i didnt say this is the only way, its just earier and quicker. U can use a underhood hoist if u like. Its up to u. Its just earier to us some kind of lifting devise under the engine. And look at my pics if u have doubts. Thats a 98 ls1 being supported by a trans jack and a block of wood. It might have been on it 3 hours of the entire 5 hours of the install. Mind u it still had the tranny itself assisting it too so not the entire weight was on it anyway.

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    thats why i didnt on my V6, cuz its a stamped pan, but the LS1 pan seems pretty hefty, and using a large block of wood will distribute the weight out

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    Nice! Great job!

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    you can put a piece of wood that goes from side to side between the oil pan and jack. When you start to get in trouble is when you try to lift the whole car by it. If you are lifting or holding the weight of the motor ONLY then you are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    you can put a piece of wood that goes from side to side between the oil pan and jack. When you start to get in trouble is when you try to lift the whole car by it. If you are lifting or holding the weight of the motor ONLY then you are good.
    Exactly.

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    K-member is still in the car and holding got the alignment this week and the cars running great! Thanks UMI for an OUTSTANDING performance parts. You guys rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaGrooms83 View Post
    K-member is still in the car and holding got the alignment this week and the cars running great! Thanks UMI for an OUTSTANDING performance parts. You guys rock
    Great to hear

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    Loving my UMI products still. All of its holding up well.
    ANd why isnt this a sticky yet? lol J/K hope it helps anyone with their project.
    Last edited by JoshuaGrooms83; 12-02-2011 at 01:48 PM.

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    forgot about this thread, I still vote for a sticky, hope to do this someday..

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    its all good. Its getting about that time where guys are coming back to the forums again since its winter time lol cars are in the garage and tax season just around the corner everyones looking fo.r their next project

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    I got mine last week, just summoning up the courage to do it and some new kooks headers.

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    youll have tons of room once your done with those lol Id do the Kmember first and then the headers, but you might be able to get away with it if you have an above engine support hoist. You should be fine installing the kmemeber and then the headers should slip right in.

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