What Is A Mustang Panhard Bar?
A panhard bar essentially is used to limit the axle movement from side to side. It attaches to a bracket on your Mustang’s frame rail and then spans across the car to the rear axle. This helps keep your axle centered in the car which improves driveshaft alignment. When lowering your Mustang, your suspension geometry can be altered causing your factory non adjustable pan hard bar to “kick” or shift your axle to one side. The addition of an adjustable pan hard bar allows you to adjust the axle housing back into proper alignment.
Does My Mustang Have a Panhard Bar?
Mustang’s did not come from the factory with a pan hard bar until the introduction of the S197 body style in 2005. There are aftermarket upgrades for 79-04 Mustangs, however they were not original equipment from the factory.
Why Do I Need An Adjustable Panhard Bar?
Upgrading to an adjustable pan hard bar is a necessity when lowering your Mustang. When the ride height of a Mustang is changed, the suspension geometry is altered and can cause cars with a factory pan hard bar to “kick” out the axle to one side. Replacing your factory steel, non adjustable, pan hard bar with an adjustable pan hard bar allows you to correct the rear end alignment, and adjust the axle back into its proper position.
How Do I Install & Adjust A Mustang Panhard Bar?
- Lift The Car On A Lift Or Jackstands
- Remove The Sway Bar End Link Hardware With A 15mm Socket & Swing The Sway Bar Down & Out Of The Way.
- Remove The Two Bolts Securing The Panhard Bar To The Car With An 18mm Socket & Set Aside.
- Adjust The New Pan Hard Bar To The Same Length As The Factory Pan Hard Bar And Tighten The Jam Nuts.
- Position The Pan Hard Into Place And Torque Down To The Correct Torque.
Which Panhard Bar Should I Get For My Mustang?
Depending on your application and goals of the car, you can pick up a Mustang pan hard bar that will fit your needs perfectly. LMR offers a variety of brands with different adjusting features and rod ends (polyurethane bushing vs spherical).
- For lowered cars that will not be drag racing, we suggest using an adjustable pan hard bar with polyurethane bushings.
- For lowered cars that will be doing a lot of drag racing, we suggest the adjustable pan hard bar with spherical bushings.