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Author Topic:   Switching to a j-bar what should I expect?
Elwood
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 145
posted April 06, 2004 02:38 PM  
I have been running the long panhard bar and finally this last week I got hit and it bent. I am going to put a J-bar in what type of handling differences should I expect?

Thanks

Ps Just trying the J-bar to try it.

nolimit92
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted April 06, 2004 05:52 PM  
We switched from a panhard to a J_BAR last year in the middle of the season. It loaded the LR more then the panhard bar. Which actually tightened the car up on corner entry and mid turn. We could really slam the car into the turn. I raced a 3 link car with this set up. It makes a pretty big difference in handling. Also make sure you have sufficient clearance if you run any angle in the J-bar, because your rearend will shift to the drivers side more.

Mike

FlyNLoIMCA17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 753
posted April 07, 2004 12:56 AM  
Also if you get a chance try running a straight bar. I used to run the J bar but I switched to the straight bar and I love it! The car bites so much harder. Just my opinion. If your experimenting with things try that you might like it better.

badasi1tob
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted April 07, 2004 08:36 AM  
Is everyone just using a 3/4" swedge tube for the short panhard bars? Anyone had any problems with them breaking?

zeroracing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted April 07, 2004 10:53 AM  
i am using a 3/4 swedge tube.
no problems.

zeroracing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted April 07, 2004 11:04 AM  
i bent the heims one time, but the car tore the rearend out from under it. it broke a 3/4 swing arm in half. so i trust the 3/4 inch tube. pleanty strong.

Elwood
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 145
posted April 07, 2004 11:48 AM  
no limit did you have to change any other aspects of the car..stagger, lr bite, lead lr or anything of this nature. I also am running the 3 link. square rearend, bout 120lbs lr bite, and around 2.5 on the stagger with a 3" off.

Thanks

nolimit92
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted April 09, 2004 09:07 AM  
No we didnt make any other changes just bolted it on. We also ran around 100 pnds of LR bite. If you are just trying to tighted the car up The J-bar will definately do that. If you have the room for alot of rearend shifting to the drivers side you could even try a shorty bar.

Mike

Elwood
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 145
posted April 09, 2004 10:23 AM  
Gonna try the j first then if I feel comfortable i might try the shorty.

chapa73
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 169
posted April 10, 2004 05:05 PM  
Ive been wondering the same thing. I run a long panhard bar and been wondering about the J bar.
My question is go with a solid J bar,or adjustable pre-load bar?

FearDaPierce 35
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted April 10, 2004 05:19 PM  
the short bar will get ya up on the bars alot faster then the j-bar but is more eratic on a rough track but if your gonna run a j-bar i would suggest useing one with rubber biscuits which will make the car a little more forgiving on a rough track, and here's a little trick we learned back when we ran one if ya dont have enough clearance when ya drop the bar all the way down flip it over and run it under the pinion should give a little extra

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