Lightening the front of an ’03-’04 Cobra with a tubular K-member
By Steve Turner
Photos by Jeff Smith, Steve Turner, and courtesy of Maximum Motorsports
Born with 390 supercharged horsepower and easily upgradable to more, the 2003-2004 Mustang Cobra was a paradox. The Terminator offered the brute force of that supercharged Four-Valve 4.6, but paired it with an independent rear suspension. A fast car for sure, but not the lightest of the New Edge breed.
Jeff Smith loves to drag race his VMP Tuning-supercharged Competition Orange Terminator. He’s particularly fond of running at events geared toward manual transmission vehicles. Of course, like any drag racer, he’s always looking for an edge, and he decided it was time to trim some weight with a K-member kit from Maximum Motorsports’ (PN MMKMP-26; $1,746.01).
“I decided to install the Maximum Motorsports unit because of their reputation for quality and my past experience with the company’s products,” Jeff said. “I picked the K-member system to save weight to try and remain competitive in the stick-shift events that I attend.”
Weighing in at about 36 pounds, this tubular unit is robust, while still offering about a 28-percent weight reduction over the factory K-member. It also lengthens the wheelbase by ¾ of an inch and improves the geometry of the steering rack, frees up header clearance, and more.
To augment his car with this upgrade, Jeff turned to a friend, Kurtis Forsberg, who installed it in a home garage. So if you have some mechanical acumen and you follow the instructions, it’s definitely possible to install the Maximum K-member yourself. Not only will you shave off some pounds and enhance your Terminator’s performance, but the car will still be completely streetable.
“The car rides surprisingly smooth. I was always under the impression a K-member and coilovers caused a rough ride, but I am extremely pleased.” Jeff added. “I raced immediately after the installation and made it to the semi finals in Lakeland’s monthly stick-shift event.”
He was kind enough to snap some photos so we could detail the highlights of the installation, so you can follow along.