Installing MM K-member - centering in car
I'm in the middle of installing a Maximum Motorsports K-member in my car. After bolting in the new K-member, I checked the front to rear and diagonal distances per the directions and amazingly only had to adjust the right side forward about 1/8". After that, the measurements were spot on. I was expecting to have to move the K-member around quite a bit to get it straight, but I suppose the engine mounts will kinda put it close where it needs to be right off the bat.
Anyway, once I re-measured and torqued the bolts, I noticed that the flange of the K-member that sits flat against the "frame rail" where the spring pocket used to be protrudes out about 1/4" further on the driver's side than the passenger side. Does this sound plausible? I know this is a mass produced 1980s American car, so it shouldn't be surprising that things aren't completely even on both sides, but now I'm worried about tire clearance on the left. Things are already going to be tight since I now have a wider '87+ spec K-member and '96+ spindles compared to the '85 K-member and '94 spindles I was using before. I'm already reconsidering my decision to purchase SN95 arms instead of Fox length.
Does anyone who has this K on their car have the same issue? I'm confident in my measurements, but if I did get it slightly wrong, is it something that would be detected once I get a front end alignment?
85 Ford LTD LX - One of 3260 LXs, Cobra SEFI conversion, AFR 165s, T5, Cobra brakes, buncha other stuff
Last edited by LTDScott; 05-09-2011 at 04:32 PM.