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Old 09-12-2015, 10:25 AM   #1
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How important is the quality of a panhard bar?

So I lowered my car recently and purchased the SR panhard bar as everyone said I needed one. The panhard bar didn't seem all that important to me (I knew nothing about suspensions) so I just went with the cheapest option/AM's recommendation.

After installing it though, I noticed the SR panhard bar just looks and feels cheap/flimsy to me (especially the plastic shim looking components on each end).

On later review I noticed all the other panhard bars have bushings of some type and just look beefier. Further, I've read about cases of panhard bars breaking on people under heavy use.

Should I upgrade to a higher quality panhard bar (BMR for example)? Or am I just being paranoid?

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Note - my car is primarily a daily driver, but every so often I let it loose on some back country roads.
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Well you have found out that you get what you pay for. The panhard should be strong as you don't want your rear moving in any direction but what's intended and you would want to limit that as much as possible anyway. I haven't seen an SR panhard but even the most expensive panhard I've seen isn't more than a few bills. I would get rid of it if it feels and looks flimsy. Especially if people are saying they have had them break.
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BMR Adjustable with Poly Bushings is the way to go👌🏽 (If you daily)


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Very happy with my steeda bar and its about half the weight of the stock one.
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Very happy with my steeda bar and its about half the weight of the stock one.
We appreciate the support ... it is a great piece!

You can read about our panhard bar here - Setting the Bar – Steeda’s Improved Panhard Bar | Steeda Blog



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Very happy with my steeda bar and its about half the weight of the stock one.
We appreciate the support ... it is a great piece!

You can read about our panhard bar here - Setting the Bar – Steeda’s Improved Panhard Bar | Steeda Blog



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the stock one is surprisingly beefy. I just replaced the bushings with energy suspension ones for $25 and called that done. Believe me, if this part fails, it could easily kill you. The suspension has little to no lateral locating ability because it is a 3 link. It relies heavily on the panhard bar to laterally locate the rear end. PH breaks, the back of the car will become instantly extremely unstable and pitch you into the kitty litter.
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Can't go wrong with Steeda. I went with J&M adj pan hard and UPR pan hard brace. Neither seemed flimsy to me and neither has given me any problems since install (~15k miles). Car is supercharged,DD and I'm not concerned with those parts failing.
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I have a Maximum Motorsports one for sale for $100 - it's brand new. Normally $160
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How good is the RTR panhard?
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The amount of lateral/twisting force on the bar is quite substantial.......one of the reasons I would only use a pan hard bar that was made out of 4130 chrome moly tubing.........and not mild steel.
I had 3 different pan hard setups (these setups were all from major suspension players) on my 97 Cobra and at the time one design was bolted to a plate under the spare tire well in the trunk. The Mustang was used in the SSC 3 times and each time I had a different setup. Now this is a 4 link car which is different than our 3 link setups and does not rely on a pan hard for lateral location.............out of the three setups only one really worked well. The first setup I used I actually punched through the spare tire well because of the force exerted by the pan hard bar. I reinforced the spare tire well with steel plate and the next time out I bent the pan hard bar itself (of course it was aluminum) and after a long argument over the phone with the companies owner who told me he had never had that happen and I must have setup up the pan hard wrong.........I threw the complete system in the garbage. The second system just never worked and I also tossed it......finally ending up with a system that function as they said it would.
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