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Old 09-05-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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This past week I lowered my 5.0 on some eibach pro kit springs along with the koni yellow shocks and struts as well as a bmr panhard bar. The installation was done by my local shop. The car sits just right now except the rear axel has shifted slightly to the driver side. It's nothing crazy but it's noticeable if you're looking at it. When I brought my car back to the shop for an oil change I asked if they could adjust the panhard bar to center the axel a little better. While the car was on the lift one of the mechanics called me over to tell me that adjusting the bar wouldn't move the axel back into place. I was really confused by this because I was under the impression that the whole point of an adjustable panhard bar was to have the ability to center the rear axel after it shifts when you lower the car. Now I'm pretty new to all of this. This is the first car that I've ever lowered so I wasn't going to start arguing with the guy that has much more experience than me. The mechanic said he could tighten the bar but it wouldn't do much. I told him to leave it alone. I have a feeling that he didn't really know what he was talking about. What do you guys think about this?
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The BMR panhard bar adjusts the body of the car, not the rear axle. Still if done right it should be even on both sides. You can adjust it with the wheels on the ground.
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The BMR panhard bar adjusts the body of the car, not the rear axle. Still if done right it should be even on both sides. You can adjust it with the wheels on the ground.
So you don't need to raise the car to adjust the bar?
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No, you can adjust the panhard with the car on the ground. I am lowered on Sportlines, and used the panhard bar to get my axle centered. It was 1/4" off after lowering. Your mechanic doesn't know what he's talking about.


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if you don't want to bring it back....you can do it yourself (or with a buddy) on ramps.

as already mentioned...this may not be the guy to bring it for suspension work
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Is it safe to assume you got an adjustable panhard bar?

Did they check and/or charge you for an alignment?

If you see the mechanic again maybe you should ask him if he knows what an adjustable panhard bar is.
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Is it safe to assume you got an adjustable panhard bar?

Did they check and/or charge you for an alignment?

If you see the mechanic again maybe you should ask him if he knows what an adjustable panhard bar is.
Yes they did. For the total instillation plus alignment they charged me $800. I wasn't very happy with this. I didn't purchase caster camber plates so they weren't really able to align the front wheels. They showed me a print out of the cars alignment and it showed the front left wheel with -1.3 camber and the front right with -1.6 camber. I was concerned by this but they told me it would be okay as I don't put on a lot of miles in a year. And yes the panhard bar that I purchased adjustable.
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Yes they did. For the total instillation plus alignment they charged me $800. I wasn't very happy with this. I didn't purchase caster camber plates so they weren't really able to align the front wheels. They showed me a print out of the cars alignment and it showed the front left wheel with -1.3 camber and the front right with -1.6 camber. I was concerned by this but they told me it would be okay as I don't put on a lot of miles in a year. And yes the panhard bar that I purchased adjustable.

You can get camber bolts at a later date they'll be fine as they can adjust up to about a degree and only cost 30$. With an adjustable Panhard bar you can have some one stand behind the back of the car and have them check both side while you adjust it to make it center.


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Yes they did. For the total instillation plus alignment they charged me $800.
Holy smokes.. $800! You could have paid me $400 and I would have driven up to New York and done it for ya! lol.
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For the panhard bar centering i would use a plumb bob, not just someone eyeballing it. Typically the most difference you'll see will be about a quarter inch, won't really see that eyeballing it from behind.

Just tie a small weight to a string, hang it from the fender and measure to the center of the wheel on each side. Adjust until even
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It doesn't need to do much. Doesn't take a whole lot to put it back on center. It's not hard to do yourself.


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