View Full Version : umi k-member and dropping oil pan.


spy2520
01-03-2012, 11:42 AM
I have umi road race umi k-member and solid aluminum umi motor mounts. Is it possible to drop the pan enough to change the oil pan gasket or will I have to unbolt the mounts? It seems like there may be enough clearance but I never did it so can't tell.

01ssreda4
01-04-2012, 01:22 AM
The gasket is riveted to the pan. The pan must come completely off.

spy2520
01-09-2012, 08:13 PM
well in that case my question changes to does the umi k-member allow for the pan to be completely removed.

UMI Sales
01-09-2012, 10:13 PM
Hey spy. I've been lurking on this one. Truth is, we've never attempted what you are asking. Our engine is usually fully assembled in our test car. We've checked for pan clearance on mock ups but never unbolted while k was still in the car. Was hoping others could chime in.

Ramey

LCTA
01-10-2012, 08:03 PM
I'm in for info. on this as well..........I have been contemplating buying a turbular K and this info. might sway me to do it.....

01ssreda4
01-11-2012, 11:44 PM
I seriously doubt you could remove it without at least dropping the k member a few inches.

WS.666
01-12-2012, 06:46 AM
You can't remove the oil pan without dropping the k-member...I tried.

My solution, since I did not want to unbolt the k-member was to cut the oil pan gasket in half and install it with some red RTV around the cuts.

UMI Sales
01-12-2012, 08:14 AM
You can't remove the oil pan without dropping the k-member...I tried.

My solution, since I did not want to unbolt the k-member was to cut the oil pan gasket in half and install it with some red RTV around the cuts.

Thanks for trying that and reporting. ^^^^^^

I went out to the shop and tried to mock up a few things but our block doesn't have any internals...

ramey

spy2520
01-12-2012, 06:18 PM
thanks guys for the info. Hate to drop the k-member (i am an alignment tech that hates aligning his own car) but i will if i have to.

01ssreda4
01-13-2012, 12:21 AM
You don't have to realign the car when you drop the k member. I've had mine off a half dozen times are more. Just don't disturb the LCAs and you're good.

BOLO
01-13-2012, 12:44 AM
I have an LT1 and a UMI kmember. I dropped the oil pan by unbolting the motor mounts and lifting the motor with a cherry picker just enough to clear the oil pan and the kmember. I can also change the oilpan gasket without dropping the oil pan entirely, and without lifting the motor. Hope this help.

spy2520
01-13-2012, 08:55 AM
You don't have to realign the car when you drop the k member. I've had mine off a half dozen times are more. Just don't disturb the LCAs and you're good.

While i am sure you are correct, i am an alignment tech, EVERYTHING NEEDS AN ALIGNMENT lol. No matter how perfect it is i'll still swear its pulling to the left, i have been conditioned to do so.

leadfoot4
01-14-2012, 07:19 AM
The gasket is riveted to the pan. The pan must come completely off.

Good sense of humor!!!





Why drop the k-member......just unbolt the motor mounts and raise the engine a little.

WS.666
01-14-2012, 08:21 AM
Why drop the k-member......just unbolt the motor mounts and raise the engine a little.

I personally can't because I have a FAST102 intake, there is less than a 1/4" between the top of the intake and the cowl.

krissoto
01-14-2012, 08:53 PM
I personally can't because I have a FAST102 intake, there is less than a 1/4" between the top of the intake and the cowl.

Take the few extra min and remove it. Shouldn't be too bad to do. Or go thru dropping the K mem.

WS.666
01-15-2012, 06:57 AM
Take the few extra min and remove it. Shouldn't be too bad to do. Or go thru dropping the K mem.

I like how I changed my oil pan gasket...didn't have to remove anything and I have no leaks afterwards.

Tbird232ci
01-15-2012, 09:03 AM
I change oil pan gaskets without dropping the oil!







http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/Tbird232ci/188092_126986977374039_4295780_n.jpg

studderin
01-15-2012, 06:48 PM
another option would be the remove the trans and you can get the pan out the back.
thats not a big deal to do for me, and you might have something you need to fix with the trans out too. new clutch, convertor? rod bolts, oil pan baffle?

litle88
01-16-2012, 12:16 AM
^^^^ that's what I did, while the UMI kmember did add ALOT of room to work on the oil pan will hit the Trans. Once the Trans is removed then the pan slides right out. Good luck OP keep us posted.

themealonwheels
01-16-2012, 07:13 AM
I found a hairline crack in my oil pan that was seeping after my motor was first started :( With a tubular k member, we lifted the front end and loosened every k member bolt one by one to the point where a few threads were still in there. We tried removing the oil pan, but it wasn't enough. We had to loosen the motor mounts and lift the motor up.

That takes a few extra minutes, but removing/reinstalling motor mount bolts took less time than taking the intake off in my case...