Anyone put a tubular k member in their car?

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    joshuaw3 Active Member

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    I'm trying to figure out if the team z k member kit from late model requires me to get a longer steering shaft? I don't want to have to deal with that so Id prefer a k member kit that doesn't require that. I plan on putting the cobra steering rack on my 98 gt when I do the k member along with the polyurethane engine mounts. Has anyone had any experience with this?
     
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    ReplicaR Well-Known Member

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    Stock steering shafts, along with virtually all aftermarket shafts are telescoping.
     
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    I've just heard from people that the team z kit requires a longer steering column or shaft whatever you want to call it.
     
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    There is a thread right now over on corral where a guy got a Team-Z kit and he is having trouble lining his steering rack up because they off set the rack mounts to the passenger side. From the sounds of it, I would stay away from them. I cannot say anything about other peoples k-member but I have a UPR k, and it would have fit all the stock components. When I installed mine though, I had issues getting my bolts to mount flush because they were hitting welds. UPR quickly fixed that by sending me a different set of bolts but it was a hassle none the less. I will not condone, nor condemn the use of a UPR k, but I will say all the stock stuff fits (accept bolts of course) and their customer service has done right by me.
     
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    Wait the UPR K requires special bolts to mount?
     
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    Call Team Z and get the story straight from them, most of the guys there are running what they sell on their personal cars.
     
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    I cant say that it requires them because a lot of guys get away with putting their stock bolts in place however, that was not the case for me. I have pictures of how the bolts hit, I think they are up in my build thread.
     
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    Alright, I'll give it a look through. Lucky for me we have a family owned supply store that sells a huge assortment of nuts bolts and washers so I can always make something work.
     
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    Yeah that's pretty much what they sent me, just some grade 10 bolts with nuts.
     
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    Yeah im definitely not going with upr I've only ever heard bad things about them. But basically call team z and talk to them and buy some offset rack bushings just in case it doesn't work?
     
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    Lol its so hard to make decisions on brands these days as everyone somewhere has heard a bad thing about something. I've heard both good and bad from UPR but the same goes for alot of the others. Idk we shall see.
     
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    Interesting it seems like I can't win here lol. I've heard upr sucks and their fitment is always horrible and I've heard great things about team z but now that seems like way more of a head ache than I want to deal with since this is my daily driver right now. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get a maximum motor sports one and pay a crap ton for it. At least then there shouldn't be any issues. Anybody else have some thoughts?
     
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    UPR here on both of my cars and contrary to popular belief of the bench racers all over the internet, I haven't had any welds break or any of that bs that people on the internet keep talking about. All I know is that every "real world" local mustang I know of is running UPR stuff and hasn't had a single problem.
     
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    Like I said, I have UPR on my 98 and I wasn't pleased with how it fit. That's mostly because the bolts hit the welds on the k. So UPR sent me a bolt kit, I had to pry it forward but I eventually got it lined up right. I do not foresee any structural issues with it though. If you don't mind putting in a little extra effort and going in with an open mind, then by all means , get the UPR k-member.
     
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    I have an MM in my 98 and a Granatelli in my Dad's 91. Both use a stock steering shaft. I will be upgrading the one in my 98 though.
     
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    I don't think a K is where you can really plan on saving a few bucks. I have been wanting to do mine for a while and had my eyes open but they don't seem to go on sale that often.
     
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    I know there expensive but the upr and team z kits seem like a lot more bang for your buck but since it's the only car I have right now I can't afford it being down bc something doesn't fit. I'll prolly just get the upr kit and start early enough in the day in case I need to go to the hardware store and get different bolts
     
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    Go on and buy some shorter rack bolts when you order a k-member, your factory ones will be too long
     
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    unless you get an MM lol