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PANHARD BAR DROP BRACKETS!

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by Rickalicka18 » Thu May 26, 2016 8:13 pm

I am currently installing the panhard bar drop bracket and the panhard bar lines up perfectly with the bottom hole of the bracket, but the strut support bar isn't even close to lining up with the bottom hole of the bracket. Is it perhaps a misprint and the strut support bar stays in the normal location? I cut the spare tire support piece that was holding it up. The axle is level to if that makes a difference
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by Rickalicka18 » Thu May 26, 2016 8:23 pm

This is currently how I have it now.

Update: it recentered the axle like its suppose to and also made the shaking I get on acceleration not as bad... So I think its the u-joint that needs replacing.
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by TBYODA » Sat May 28, 2016 12:00 am

That bar need to be on the bottom, like this.
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by Rickalicka18 » Sat May 28, 2016 9:07 am

Can you show me what you did for cutting of the spare tire support? The one on the passenger side is cut, but I didn't bother cutting the one on the drivers side because it didn't seem to be in the way. Maybe that's why I couldn't get the strut support bar to the lower hole on the bracket...
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by ErikSS » Sat May 28, 2016 6:01 pm

I had to loosen the other end of that angled support a lot... then it gave me the slack I needed. You may have to line it up with the bolt, then slide the bolt through it. It is a tight fit. Robert has better pics than I do.
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by TBYODA » Sat May 28, 2016 7:39 pm

Rickalicka18 wrote:Can you show me what you did for cutting of the spare tire support? The one on the passenger side is cut, but I didn't bother cutting the one on the drivers side because it didn't seem to be in the way. Maybe that's why I couldn't get the strut support bar to the lower hole on the bracket...


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by Moots1288 » Sat May 28, 2016 10:53 pm

I believe that I did the same thing as Robert for Marks drop bracket.
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by Rickalicka18 » Sat May 28, 2016 11:27 pm

ErikSS wrote:I had to loosen the other end of that angled support a lot... then it gave me the slack I needed. You may have to line it up with the bolt, then slide the bolt through it. It is a tight fit. Robert has better pics than I do.


I will try that. I don't really feel any difference in handling, maybe a little bit looser. But I'll do that soon

Also is it easier to get in with the suspension flexed a little, like have the vehicles weight on it or without any weight on the springs?
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by ErikSS » Sat May 28, 2016 11:46 pm

The difference shouldn't be dramatic. It just gets everything aligned the way it was meant to be. The 2 biggest differences should be when the axle is moving up and down there will be a reduction in side to side motion, and the axle should be more centered. You wouldn't be the only one running around with the strut support in that location. I do still suggest lowering it so that it takes more stress off the factory mount.
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by PROSPHOTO » Sun May 29, 2016 9:37 am

Are there any more available to order?
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by Rickalicka18 » Sun May 29, 2016 11:06 am

ErikSS wrote:The difference shouldn't be dramatic. It just gets everything aligned the way it was meant to be. The 2 biggest differences should be when the axle is moving up and down there will be a reduction in side to side motion, and the axle should be more centered. You wouldn't be the only one running around with the strut support in that location. I do still suggest lowering it so that it takes more stress off the factory mount.


Yeah it feels fine the way it is now. I was on the highway going 60-80 going over bumps (since the construction in Maine is never ending lol) and never felt like I was all over the place. I will fix it though. I'm thinking of buying a massive adjustable panhard bar soon, so I'll fix it then.
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by PROSPHOTO » Sun May 29, 2016 1:12 pm

Disregard my last, I touched base with Erik and ordered :thumleft:
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by ErikSS » Sun May 29, 2016 10:17 pm

Just an update. The brackets continue to be available. The price just changed to $75 shipped in the continental US. $85 with the drill bit added in. If anyone has questions, feel free to contact me at HippoSS@yahoo.com.
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by PROSPHOTO » Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:41 pm

I installed mine today and it was pretty easy... Hardest part was getting the upper bar to line up with the lower hole as mentioned. I used a pry bar to get it lined up then hammer the bolt through, running it in with the impact gun. I did the install with the rear axle on jack stands instead of hanging and it went pretty smooth.
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by TBYODA » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:27 pm

PROSPHOTO wrote:I installed mine today and it was pretty easy... Hardest part was getting the upper bar to line up with the lower hole as mentioned. I used a pry bar to get it lined up then hammer the bolt through, running it in with the impact gun. I did the install with the rear axle on jack stands instead of hanging and it went pretty smooth.

I put the truck on jacks and let the axle hand and a ratchet strap to move the axle over. Either way works, I can't remember why I used 2 in this picture. :lol:

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by ErikSS » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:30 pm

The picture appears to have one strap holding your exhaust out of the way and the other pulling the axle into place.
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by Beamer » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:27 pm

ErikSS wrote:The difference shouldn't be dramatic. It just gets everything aligned the way it was meant to be. The 2 biggest differences should be when the axle is moving up and down there will be a reduction in side to side motion, and the axle should be more centered. You wouldn't be the only one running around with the strut support in that location. I do still suggest lowering it so that it takes more stress off the factory mount.


I still carry my spare tire under the TB and can't lower the strut support to the lower hole on the drop bracket. Is anyone seeing issues that is running with their strut support mounted to the top hole?
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by bartonmd » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:03 pm

I'm not seeing any issues from running it on the top hole, but that's not an endorsement... because an endorsement can mean liability...

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by Rickalicka18 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:16 pm

Only difference I feel is the suspension feels a little looser and bouncy...
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by TBYODA » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:41 pm

Beamer wrote:I still carry my spare tire under the TB and can't lower the strut support to the lower hole on the drop bracket. Is anyone seeing issues that is running with their strut support mounted to the top hole?

I can get my stock spare under with out any issues. Even with strut in the lower hole as intended.
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