Originally Posted by Diabolical!
Very nice. I'm in the process of installing the UPR K-member on mine right now.
Nice! Post pics when you're done.
Originally Posted by americaniron
Congrats. It's a nice upgrade to get.
I changed mine, and the A arms about two years ago, and am definitely happy with it. The hardest part for me was getting the stock K member off.
Thanks! I plan to get the BMR A-arms in the future. The shop suggested I get them since my right side A-arm bushing is leaking and will need replacement. I just don't have the money for them right now. Anyway, I'm still adjusting to the new noises and minor vibrations from this mod.
Originally Posted by Ricardo
Look at all the clearance to work on the engine! Looks so nice under there. I want one to help get some weight off the front end.
1. Does it affect crash-worthiness?
2. Is it actually stiffer than the factory K-member?
1. I don't know because there is no information on the web about that subject.
2. It feels stiffer then the stock K-member but that's probably due to the poly motor mount bushings. The car feels a little lighter and more responsive; with less nose dive.
By the way, just a little FYI to anyone with a DSS driveshaft and plan to install an aftermarket K-member. I had a serious vibration problem when decelerating at the off-ramp near my work. The vibration also occurred when accelerating from a stop after it started happening. The vibration would rattle the shifter, vibrate the steering wheel, and seemed to emanate from the transmission tunnel. It was pretty bad and kinda scary. Felt like the car was falling apart. I knew right away it had to be the DSS driveshaft. I took it back to the shop to have them check it. I told the tech to check the measurement of the CV joint. He started talking about pinion angle. I told him it doesn't matter with this kind of shaft. He looked puzzled and took my word for it. Car was put on a lift and we both got under it and checked the measurement and it was at 3-3/4". He asked what the spec was but I couldn't remember so I had to use my smartphone to check this old thread
. The tech also checked the Driveshaft Shop's website. I found the spec I originally had was 3-5/8". The K-member had shifted everything forward slightly and lengthened the measurement. Told the tech and left the car for him to work on it and make the necessary adjustments to the LCA's and UCA. Came back later and picked up the car. Service manager said the tech test drove it up to 80-90 on the fwy and it was "smooth as glass." It's now smoother than before I brought the car in to install the K-member.