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Author Topic:   3 Link Rear Suspension WITHOUT Heims
Stonewall
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted March 26, 2002 09:16 AM UIN: 10024185
I just purchased an 80's monte carlo, metric chassis, with a stock mount rear end assy. I just dropped some cash on a ford 9" grand national floater assy. and now I need to mount it in the car. I would like to use a 3 link system with a panhard bar but our rules state "no heim joints"

Does anyone have any suggestions on what might be used in place of the heim joints on the panhard bar?

...Stonewall

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted March 26, 2002 09:59 AM
Am I the only one who thinks that being allowed to have a panard bar and floater, but no heim joints in a Street Stock is just a little strange?

It's possible that the heim joint rule is designed to prevent what you're trying to do.

Stonewall
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted March 26, 2002 11:16 AM UIN: 10024185
Our rules are definately a bit screwy. It probably is designed to keep people from getting exotic and expensive rear suspension setups. However, Last year the front runners were all running a 3 link setup. I know a few people that creatively hide their heim joints.

Here is the entire section of the rules that governs suspension...

F: Suspension
1. Stock front clip. Stock upper and lower A-frames. Stock steering box control arms. One shock mounted in stock position. NO late model or racing chassis. NO rack and pinion. NO coil overs. Min. 5" diameter springs. Main frame rails are to be made of 2 x 3 O.D. min. steel tubing.

2. Stock type rear-ends only!!! NO FIFTH COIL OR COIL COVERS No heim joints, TRUCK READEND AND FLOATERS PERMITTED.

3. No spring shocks or cushions can be added to linkage. NO BIRDCAGES!

4. No weight jacks

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted March 26, 2002 01:12 PM UIN: 54865418
your right i have never seen rules like that anyway you might want to try the mod forum they might know most of us stock guys have to run the stock rear suspention

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 639
posted March 26, 2002 07:42 PM
Howe racing company makes rubber bushing ends that ***** in to the 3/4 strut tubes and also sell 3 link brackets that fit the ends. This way you can have the 3 link but no heims.

Gene
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 230
posted March 26, 2002 09:39 PM
Why not use tie rod ends? Brackets with shock eye sockets welded on them would be plenty strong.

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted March 27, 2002 07:22 AM
those are the same rules we have here in our street stock class, no heims, we run that setup on our car just look at early ford galaxie\ltd setup 65-78

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