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Old 07-29-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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Rear end off center

Hi guys, here's a weird one - stock suspension in rear (other than new shocks) and my rear end is off center toward the drivers side by about an inch or less. Anybody hear about that or see it? The car has 70k miles on it


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Mine was off from the factory also, stayed like that until I lowered and added an adjustable pan hard part.
From what I've read in the past we weren't the only ones.

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Its been known to happen. Throw an adjustable pan hard bar on and you will be good.
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Not unusual in our cars. Most people don't notice it with stock tire width and stock suspension. Those of us that are lowered have installed an adjustable panhard bar to correct it as it can get worse when lowered.


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That's so weird, I wonder if it came that way or just loosened up over time. In any case I'll end up putting a Pan hard bar in


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I don't think it can loosen over time to throw off the rear end.
There is literally no play on the stock bar.

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There is no adjustment on the stock bar and no room for play so I say It came that way.


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Wow. Weird. Oh well, I've always wanted to buy an adjustable pan hard bar....ill just add it to the list 😜
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Might as well lower it while you are at it 😮


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Might as well lower it while you are at it 😮


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Nah, I could have done that with all the used stuff I bought but I really don't want to deal with clearance issues on a daily driver. On the other hand, since I'll have the panhard bar it opens up the opportunity I guess


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They seem to come with a 3/8 to 5/8 bias, some are closer than others. Adjustable phb fixes it right up.

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My off center got 4mm closer to perfect after i lowered it. I'm not going to buy an adjustable pan hard bar.
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My off center got 4mm closer to perfect after i lowered it. I'm not going to buy an adjustable pan hard bar.

Yup. It all depends on which direction it was off center from the factory.


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How are you measuring, the wheel to the quarter panel?
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Yep! I think they're all off center. I didn't notice it till we put wider wheels on. Then it stood out like a sore thumb. Adjustable PHB later-all fixed. I swear it handles better too.
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Thanks, mine was off a good 1/2" to the drivers side too but I still want to check the actual tracking. Probably get it up on a rack after I lower the rear.....
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Your right, from the factory built wrong, unforgivable from FORD! I helped a neighbor near me with his GT 500 trying to kill him, He consulted with me and I advised him to replace the lca's and get an adj. BMR panhard. The lca's were "stamped unit's", on a GT 500??
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How are you measuring, the wheel to the quarter panel?

I take a string around 2 feet long. On one end i tie some washers to hold it straight. I use painters tape to tape the top of the string 6 inches above the wheel on the body after i center the line with the center cap of the wheel. I do this to both sides. Then I measure from the wheel lip to the string.

I can't explain this in a way to make sense. I was going to take a picture the last time i measured but i forgot.
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I put a Steeda adj panhard bar & brace, next will be a UCA, then LCA's & finally rear springs, all Steeda. I'll leave the front alone being on NJ roads.
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I take a string around 2 feet long. On one end i tie some washers to hold it straight. I use painters tape to tape the top of the string 6 inches above the wheel on the body after i center the line with the center cap of the wheel. I do this to both sides. Then I measure from the wheel lip to the string.

I can't explain this in a way to make sense. I was going to take a picture the last time i measured but i forgot.
Thanks...
Pretty much what I did too.... Unreal how they are off.
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Yep! I think they're all off center. I didn't notice it till we put wider wheels on. Then it stood out like a sore thumb. Adjustable PHB later-all fixed. I swear it handles better too.
It will handle better, the poly bushings take the deflection the soft oem rubber bushings would allow out of the equation.
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That's the nature of the 3-link solid axle rear end, they're never perfectly centered from the factory. Plus, under compression, the panhard bar will push the axle out more to the left. Then at re-bound, it'll re-center where it was at ride height. It does this too on aftermarket setups unless you have something like the Whiteline Watts Link.
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