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Old 11-18-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Panhard bar mystery

I have a 2014, last night I installed a new adjustable panhard bar. When I removed the stock unit I noticed something odd. It sounds like a rain stick when inturn it on end. It appears to be internally weighted.

I searched high and low, curiosity is going to get the best of me. Perhaps someone could chime in and help explain before I cut the old one open.

-What is inside the stock panhard bar? Sand, ball bearings....
-Why is it weighted?
-Since the mechanism of weighting was dynamic (could move) rather than static that means almost always the weight would have shifted to the lower side of the bar. Why? Why would the bar purposely be weighted to be heavier on one side?
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Strange. Mine from my 2011 was just a solid bar. Never heard of any bearings inside the thing

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I have a 2014, last night I installed a new adjustable panhard bar. When I removed the stock unit I noticed something odd. It sounds like a rain stick when inturn it on end. It appears to be internally weighted.

I searched high and low, curiosity is going to get the best of me. Perhaps someone could chime in and help explain before I cut the old one open.

-What is inside the stock panhard bar? Sand, ball bearings....
-Why is it weighted?
-Since the mechanism of weighting was dynamic (could move) rather than static that means almost always the weight would have shifted to the lower side of the bar. Why? Why would the bar purposely be weighted to be heavier on one side?
My stock one did the exact same thing when I removed it. I'd be interested in the answer to this also.

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Rob, I just did mine last weekend. Same thing here. Sounds like it is half-filled with steel shot. Thought I got the one made by the pissed-off assembly line worker.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:49 PM   #5
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I am so intrigued. Now it appears some have and some have not had this. Why the change? I may against my better judgement cut it open. I just hate not having a spare around. I'm also mostly curious as as to the "why" more than the "what" at this point.
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My stock bar didn't make any noise, btw did you get the springs installed yet?
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My stock bar didn't make any noise, btw did you get the springs installed yet?
All installed. More of a project than I expected. I have done quite a few other cars, this was a beast!!! The panhard bar was the rosiest part. Thanks for the parts, major improvement over stock.
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All installed. More of a project than I expected. I have done quite a few other cars, this was a beast!!! The panhard bar was the rosiest part. Thanks for the parts, major improvement over stock.
Glad you like them, my car now feels like a 4x4. Did you get the rear centered?
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Glad you like them, my car now feels like a 4x4. Did you get the rear centered?
I did the best I can. I think I am off by about 1/8th inch but it's not visually noticeable. I gotta ask why did you decide to sell the parts? You can pm me if you would prefer.
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So, hack saw? I'm dying over here!


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They did that to cut down on nvh.
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They did that to cut down on nvh.
Sources? Not doubting you just curious on how or where this information came from.
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I did the best I can. I think I am off by about 1/8th inch but it's not visually noticeable. I gotta ask why did you decide to sell the parts? You can pm me if you would prefer.
About 95% sure im getting rid of my car probably around January or February. I traded in my 2013 F-150 screw 5.0 for my mustang early this year. Im really liking the 2015 F150 so pretty sure im heading back in that direction
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They did that to cut down on nvh.
What do you mean by "nvh"?
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