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rocco
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 41
posted May 29, 2002 02:16 PM
this had got to be a dumb question. why not leave one of the upper links unhooked on a metric rear car? will it hold up? looks like to me it would really free up the rear end to move and you could switch sides to see how it affected the car. anybody tried it?

snowman
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 140
posted May 29, 2002 02:34 PM
It works good........If You add a panhard bar. The upper links provide lateral location...........if you remove one, you must have some means to maintain the rear end laterally. So, it comes down to a question of the rules........or what you can get away with.........

I don't really think there are too many dumb questions.........But I assure you that I have all the dumb answers you could possiblly want.........lol......

Good Luck,
Snowman

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted May 29, 2002 03:25 PM
How can I build a panard bar set up? Pictures?

snowman
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 140
posted May 31, 2002 01:52 AM
WesternAuto17, I don't have a picture of a panhard on a metric.....Those unreasonable rascals at the track won't allow it.......

I could dig up some pics of various panhard bar setups if that would give you some ideas.........

Basicly, you have a mounting point on the rear end housing and one on the chassis.....There are any number of ways you could do it...........

I will try to explain one method......

The goal will be to have a panhard bar mounted behind the rear end, running parallel to the rear end in both the verticle and horizontal plane.........

For the tubing.....you could use 2in. square tube.........On the rear end you need a piece running horizontally toward the back of the car......make it long enough to clear the back of the housing by about an inch...

On the chassis.....you need a piece welded straight down.....long enough that the panhard will be level........

Both of these tubes will need to be diagonaly braced.......some 1in. tube will work for that........

For the panhard bar you can use 1in or 1 1/8 tap tube.....tapped 3/4,left and right, and two 3/4 rod ends........

The mounts/brackets for the rod ends can be purchased or you can make them out of some 3/16 flatstock.........

Both of these brackets can be made adjustable, a nice compromise is to just make the chassis mount adjustable........I would drill the chassis bracket holes on the arc of the panhard........so that putting more angle in the doesn't move the rear end laterally........

The tubing must be well braced........the setup will see alot of stress.........Use thick wall tube,at least 1/8 wall........3/16 would not be out of line....

I hope this helps....it's not really that difficult to do.........Me explaining how to do it, well, thats a different story......

Good Luck

Snowman

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted May 31, 2002 09:09 AM
It isn't legal for me either, but I'm curious for when its not illegal. I would realy appreciate some pics. I've seen one on an ARCA chassis, but didn't see how I could build it.

Thanks,
Scott
S_broadfield@hotmail.com

snowman
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 140
posted May 31, 2002 01:55 PM
Scott, I do not,as of yet, have the equipment to send pics via e-mail. If you would like to send me a mailing address via private message or e-mail,I will dig up something and send it snail mail......

Snowman

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