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    Cool Beefing up chassis and/or suspension...

    I was thinking about jumping on the bus to installing some subframe connectors. I was looking through the sponsors and found a few listings, but some of these prices are a bit...expensive for just pieces of metal. Either way, I was going to get boxed weld ins..hopefully.

    Along with subframe connectors comes the need for a panhard rod or panhard relocation kit. I am hoping to get exhaust in the future, duals to be precise, but last time I went to a shop, they pointed out that the stock panhard was in the way. My question is...these panhard relocation kits, where is the panhard being "relocated" or is it being removied? Does this kit include a panhard or does it eliminate the need for one? THIS is the foggiest part of my decision...I do NOT know shit about panhards. Since I know nothing about them, if I was going to get a panhard, it would be a non-adjustable one.

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    Panhard bars are used to help locate a solid rear axle under a vehicle. The bar is mounted across the vehicle. one end connected to the rear axle housing and the other end connected to the body. During cornering or sideways movements the bar keeps the axle located laterally under the body. i'd hit up adjustable becuase the longer the better. i'm not sure about the relocation kits tho sorry.
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    Thanks for that info.

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    Here some of my pics. Hope it helps some. Adjustable bar really helps if car has been lowered.






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    the upper panhard brace doesn't need to be replaced when running duals. i have bassani 2.5" tru-duals on both of my cars with the stock upper panhard brace. dual 3" would need a relocation bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    the upper panhard brace doesn't need to be replaced when running duals. i have bassani 2.5" tru-duals on both of my cars with the stock upper panhard brace. dual 3" would need a relocation bar.
    What exactly does this include? What are the risks, benefits, downfalls, sacrafices?


    By the way, I am going ahead and jumping onto the SFC wagon. I went ahead and took advantage of Granatelli's overstocked weld in tubular SFCs. I figured some SFCs would be better than none and I couldnt pass up the price.

    I dont know, theres just something about paying close to $200 for 2 sheets of metal that are NOT moving parts that makes me sick..

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    look in the first provided by cobrahunter. you'll see two black bars. the top one with three bolts holding it to the body is the upper panhard brace. that bar travels over to the passenger side. it bolts just above the actual panhard bar. (see pic below). for the life of me, i really see no need for it at all. that upper bar gets in the way if you want dual 3" pipes. BMR makes a tubular one that is bent to give more clearance for exhaust.



    here is the BMR relocation kit





    for $219.95, this is what you get.


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    If I might recommend, some lower control arms would probably serve you better at this point than an aftermarket panhard. The LCAs help improve traction from a launch.

    As mentioned earlier, an adjustable panhard is necessary if the car has been lowered to re-center the rearend. The benefit of the upper panhard and relocation is to allow for clearance to run true duals over the axle.

    When I was putting my suspension together, I went in this order:

    Boxed weld in sub-frame connectors
    Boxed lower control arms
    Lowering springs
    Chromoly adjustable panhard(chromoly for weight savings)
    KYB adjustable shocks
    Strut tower brace(can be done in any order)
    Drive shaft safety loop
    Adjustable torque arm(adjustable due to being lowered)

    I am going to be doing the upper panhard and relocation next as well. I hope this helps your decision making some.
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