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Old 07-10-2009, 11:39 PM   #1
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1995 Cobra K-Member

Thanks to a "back seat driver" in another car, me and '95 Cobra were forced over a curb and into a ditch. Most of the damage is under the car, including the k-member.

I have checked with Ford, they have one part number for the k-member, does not matter if it is 3.8, 5.0, or Cobra. The interchange from the local salvage yard says the same thing. But I have seen threads from other forums that claim that the Cobra uses a "slightly" stiffer k-member.

Is there actually any difference?

Also, I have found a 98 Convertible with some extra bolt on bracing on the rear of the k-member, which goes all the way back to the firewall. Is that something worth putting on a Coupe?

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Old 07-11-2009, 10:32 AM   #2
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I do know the 94/95 K member is unique to that year vehicle.

Push rod motors vs. mod motors make the difference.

Where are you located?

I have a used one I be willing to sell, but shipping my be prohibited.

I cannot vouch if the Cobra K member is stiffer, but the one I have was out of a 1994 Cobra.

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Old 07-11-2009, 05:04 PM   #3
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I do know the 94/95 K member is unique to that year vehicle.

Push rod motors vs. mod motors make the difference.
Hi Phil,

That is what I thought. Welded frame mounts makes them different between the engine options.

I looked under my Cobra last night, there is a bar that goes across the k-member, just behind the oil pan. Today, I checked the local u-pull yards, found (3) V6 cars. The two coupes (94 and 96), and one convertible (98). Neither of the coupes had the bar. The convertible had a extra bracing system, which had more mounting points than the single brace that is on my car.

Maybe the bar on the Cobra makes it a "stiffer k-member" than the V6 and GT cars? If that is the case, the convertible system may be better than just the bar?

As to a 1994 K-member. I would rather have a true Cobra k-member, but it depends on the cost and if the their insurance will allow a used part. My shipping address would be to a business address in Evansville, Indiana.

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Old 07-11-2009, 10:48 PM   #4
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the bar you mention bolts on

as well as the bracing you see on the convertible

you can not bolt convertible bracing on a coupe, the coupe is mising the welded on mount on the unibody

I think the k member is to big and heavy for Fedex ground and I am in NYC

I have removed a K member with the engine left in the car

I can do the R & R in under 8 hours.

Most places will tell you they have to pull engine etc.

I would only use a GT or Cobra K member
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:52 PM   #5
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Phil,

I haven't forgotten you. We have an appointment Monday morning for an estimate. I should know what the insurance company is going to do within a day or two after that.

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Old 08-06-2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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I have a used one I be willing to sell, but shipping my be prohibited.
It took longer that I thought. 5 days to get an estimate uploaded to the insurance company (I took the car to one of their recommended shops). Then though all of their bureaucracy to get paid.

They called the car a total loss. I have been paid, but I did keep the car. With my labor and shopping for parts, I should be able to fix the car with the money they gave me.

I would like to get a Cobra k member, but I live in Indiana. I agree, the shipping may be cost prohibited. Right now, I have been search eBay and Craigslist to see if I get lucky in my area.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:52 AM   #7
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Here is a good wrecking yard search engine database. www.car-parts.com also to consider You could go with an aftermarket K-Member like a Maximum Motorsports or Griggs Racing unit.
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