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Old 01-31-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Hey all, just wondering if there is a tubular K that would allow me to use most or all of my stock suspension. I have heard a ton of different answers to this. I need one that will work for a daily driver
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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I have seen K-members in AM but not sure what your specs are or what your objectives are. What I do know from just browsing is that depending on the setup you choose, you will have to upgrade more than just the K-member. Upgrades will include the control arms as well becaus the Ks may not mate properly to the after market mod.

Are you trying to shed weight, because that would be one reason?

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Shedding weight will be nice but im mainly doing it to just get some extra room to work with my long tubes to make things easier in the future
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Ah, hah, the shorty versus the long tube header matter. I refuse to influence your choice of manifold but you need to know the following. I dont know from experience but by listening by seasoned well meaning people (see my profile).

1. Long tube headers make it difficult to service the transmission. Difficulties arise when servicing the clutch, dropping the tranny to reach the flywheel etc.
2. Before you choose long tubes decide or determine you final objective for your Stang. Why? With such upgrades and obstacles you should first consider installing a premium clutch (which needs to meet future plans for the motor), hardened fly wheel, maybe even a durable starter system. Get where I am headed?
4. Shorty headers on the other hand offers less HP gain, heats up quicker on longer runs, but offers much more possiblities for the do it yourselfer.

So, because I own a convertible, and that I have already determined that is not going to be a race car, while still an *** kicker, I chose the shorties. I save money that I was able to put towards other vital stuff.

If you do choose the longtubes, they are easier to install than the shorties hands down, but they restrict access to the tranny.

So, about that K-member. I have not plan to buy one so do some research, or visit other forums for details on pros and cons.

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I already have the long tubes. Got a steal on them and got them cheaper than I could get shorties for. They have been installed about 6 months.
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Dang, yeah, the steal, can't beat that! Don't know anyone that would turn down a great deal. What's the problem then? I wouldn't build around it. Either way, I think you see what your up against.

Also, remember with Ford Mustangs you can make up lost power in one area in another. The long tubes are components of basic bolt on upgrades and dont necessarily add to engine HP, just TQ on the rear end. That's what I've been told, dunno.

I advise that you do some more research and see how you can benefit from your current setup.
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I felt nice gains with them. But they will be worth even more HP when I get my vortech put on in a couple weeks
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Question..since I'm about to swap to a gt setup with my car is the convertible k member the same piece as a hardtop? Or are they two completely different pieces...I only ask because I need a k member obviously to house the 4.6 as opposed to the 3.8 (which is a different k member), but didn't know if the vert k member for 4.6 liter engines
was a different piece compared to that for a coupe gt with a 4.6?
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