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Old 10-08-2020, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default Front Cross member Replacement | How support engine

I'm planning on doing a full suspension refresh and I was looking through the instructions on replacing the front crossmember. The last couple steps involve raising the engine slightly then removing the crossmember. After the crossmember is out, what's a good way to continue to support the engine for the next few days?

The engine hoist will begin lower bit by bit and the front crossmember was supporting the engine prior, so I'd imagine if the engine drops too far, it can cause some damage where the bell housing meets the adapter plate.
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Old 10-08-2020, 06:54 AM   #2
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:42 AM   #3
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Why would you want to pull the cross member then let it sit for a few days? Any reason not to just install it when you remove the old one?

Personally I would pick a better stopping point but that is just me.

Depending on how you plan to do the work I have seen people use what was posted, jack stand or just put a pipe sleeve (C channel works well) over the rod on the engine hoist so the hydrolics wont move.

Good luck.
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If you have a properly working engine hoist already, then you shouldn't have an issue.

If it's really a concern, then just check it once in a while to make sure it stays under pressure.

If you don't have an engine bar, then you should get one.
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It could be as simple as a 4"x4" and ratchet straps to hold the engine.

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Old 10-08-2020, 01:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the tips! I'll go with the engine bar just for peace of mind.

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Why would you want to pull the cross member then let it sit for a few days? Any reason not to just install it when you remove the old one?

Personally I would pick a better stopping point but that is just me.

Depending on how you plan to do the work I have seen people use what was posted, jack stand or just put a pipe sleeve (C channel works well) over the rod on the engine hoist so the hydrolics wont move.

Good luck.
I'm replacing the crossmember because the current one has a decent amount of rust. I'm not too sure if the corssmember connects to the frame, but if it does, the plan was to treat clean off the rust and paint over the bare metal and that requires a few days for multiple layers of primer/paint to dry.

If there's nothing else the crossmember isn't touching then you're absolutely right. I'll pull it out and replace it in one go.
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Old 10-08-2020, 04:09 PM   #7
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The way i usually remove my motor is jack by the transmission bellhousing or just right behind it with a block of wood to ease stress on the transmission. If its going to take me a few days for whatever, ill put jackstands right behind the floor jack
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I'm not too sure if the corssmember connects to the frame,
Of course the crossmember bolts to the frame.

Motor connects to the crossmember via the motor mounts.
Crossmember connects to the frame via four (4) bolts.

Also, don't forget the motor and the transmission are mated together.
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Old 10-08-2020, 04:35 PM   #9
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Of course the crossmember bolts to the frame.

Motor connects to the crossmember via the motor mounts.
Crossmember connects to the frame via four (4) bolts.

Also, don't forget the motor and the transmission are mated together.
Thanks - I figured as much but it's good to know for sure. It was hard to tell by just looking at parts diagrams. That was the motivation behind why I needed to support the engine/transmission for a few days - so I clean/treat that area.
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