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Old 08-31-2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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Adjustable panhard bar

So, after putting on my new rims, I noticed that the rear end of my lowered 2012 GT is about 1/4" or so off.

It's easier to notice now as the offset of the new rims pushes the wheels out flush with the wheel wells.

So, I understand this is common with lower cars, and solvable with an adjustable panhard bar.

My question is - is this easy to install? Is it something a guy who is not a mechanic can do on jackstands? Or should I bring it somewhere?

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It's really easy. Lift er up and unbolt the old one bolt the new one in. Then set the car on the ground and adjust it with the car on the ground.
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It's really easy. Lift er up and unbolt the old one bolt the new one in. Then set the car on the ground and adjust it with the car on the ground.
Awesome, thanks.
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Just make sure that you get a panhard rod that is adjustable in the center and not the ends, the passenger side adjustment but is almost impossible to get to because the bracket it bolts to gets in the way. My Steeda is great but would suggest BMR for this reason
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Just make sure that you get a panhard rod that is adjustable in the center and not the ends, the passenger side adjustment but is almost impossible to get to because the bracket it bolts to gets in the way. My Steeda is great but would suggest BMR for this reason
Good tip - the Steeda is what I was looking at, I'll check out the BMR.
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I'm not knocking Steeda in the least, I have had a few products from then and they are all top notch, just the panhard bar is a PITA to tighten the adjustment nut
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BMR wins the Panhard bar battle. High quality and super easy to adjust.
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Re: Adjustable panhard bar

^ he's right I was able to help him adjust his BMR panhard rod on a lowered car (1.5"?) with the vehicle on the ground in his driveway... in the rain lol
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I remember that, it's like it happened only a couple of weeks ago. Those were the days. Good times!
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Re: Adjustable panhard bar

Thanks for the advice ... I'll save some pennies and get the BMR. How about the "heavy duty brace" BMR and Steeda both sell? What's the story with those?

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Re: Adjustable panhard bar

There is a reason why we designed our Steeda adjustable panhard bar the way we did.

Put a straw between your fingers and push together. Where is the point of failure?? Our engineering and testing results provided the feedback for this design.

Hope this gives you little insight to our design.

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There is a reason why we designed our Steeda adjustable panhard bar the way we did.

Put a straw between your fingers and push together. Where is the point of failure?? Our engineering and testing results provided the feedback for this design.

Hope this gives you little insight to our design.

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TJ,

That's all fine and well, and I don't doubt that it has top notch quality an performance. But now back to your straw, try to clamp anything on it to tighten it to your finger while your right finger is covered with a piece of 1/2" copper tubing... You cant get anything on there to tighten it down short of bending/breaking something.

Again I'm by no means bashing Steeda products, I love all of the ones that I have, but something needs to be engineered a little differently for ease of use.

What do your technicians use to tighten the nuts on the panhard rod? I'd love to know so that next time I'm more prepared.
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Re: Adjustable panhard bar

Grabber,

Quit bashing our products, jk, lol.

All the user has to do is forget the standard mentality of “turn the nut” to tighten.

All you need to do is either stick a wrench over the jam nut, or stick a pry bar between the jam nut and the mount to keep it from turning and then turn/jam/thread the PH bar itself into the jam nut. It is basically just the opposite of what “convention” would say to do. A pipe wrench, large Channel locks, or basic 1-1/2” wrench is all that is needed for turning the large hex welded to the PH bar itself.

Give that a try and let me know if that is easier? We would love to hear your feedback.

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Ok good to know, I'll try that an see how it works
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Re: Adjustable panhard bar

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Just make sure that you get a panhard rod that is adjustable in the center and not the ends, the passenger side adjustment but is almost impossible to get to because the bracket it bolts to gets in the way. My Steeda is great but would suggest BMR for this reason
Listen to this guy.

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Grabber,

Quit bashing our products, jk, lol.

All the user has to do is forget the standard mentality of “turn the nut” to tighten.

All you need to do is either stick a wrench over the jam nut, or stick a pry bar between the jam nut and the mount to keep it from turning and then turn/jam/thread the PH bar itself into the jam nut. It is basically just the opposite of what “convention” would say to do. A pipe wrench, large Channel locks, or basic 1-1/2” wrench is all that is needed for turning the large hex welded to the PH bar itself.

Give that a try and let me know if that is easier? We would love to hear your feedback.

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Sorry but most people have to do this from the ground and remember these cars are lowered. Very much a pain in the ***.
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Just make sure that you get a panhard rod that is adjustable in the center and not the ends, the passenger side adjustment but is almost impossible to get to because the bracket it bolts to gets in the way. My Steeda is great but would suggest BMR for this reason
Get can u post a link to the bmr panhard rod your talking about ty

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Is it this one

http://m.americanmuscle.com/bmr-adj-panhard-0512.html

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Yea that is the one. I'm running the steeda PHB and its a great piece it's just really hard to tighten while on the car


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a Little tip for install, if you're having a hard time removing it from the .... passenger side i believe is the one mounted to the body, loosen the bolt for the Panhard bar brace located just an inch or so above it. Loosening that bolt will stop the mounting point from basically "pinching" the PHB and make removal / install 100x easier. All in all, its virtually 2 bolts and the adjustment, something you can easily do at home.

I personally have the BMR brace as well and am happy with it, but have no comment on the steeda or others, as i have no first hand experience with them. You will almost certainly need 2 people to adjust whichever bar you go with though... or at the very least it makes it much easier.
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There is also the Watt's link which is superior to any PHB. Whiteline has one out already and the BMR one is on the verge of being released AFIAK.
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Hey guys.......... Take a look at when this thread was created lol
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well then haha ... talk about waking the dead.
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Lol and the guy waking the dead seems to have never heard of this thing called google. You know... type in "bmr panhard bar" into teh google machine and you might just find the answer without thread necroing.
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