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Upgrading panhard bar without lowered suspension?

I want to start by saying that I like the stock ride height of my 2013 V6 PP and have no plans to lower the car, typically why you would upgrade to an adjustable panhard bar to re center the rear end. While I want to upgrade to adjustable dampers for better handling and ride quality, that's somewhat pricey and I am looking at some other upgrades in the near future. I read on product descriptions that one of these will improve handling and help put power down by reducing lateral movement in the rear end.

I suppose I am trying to figure out how replacing one big rod with bushings on each end link with another rod will be better. Is it all in the bushing stiffness or does the stock bar just flex a lot due to thd type of steel used?

Will this help settle the rear end down going over rough/bumpy pavement?

For a little over $100, at least it is cheap. I'm replacing my driveshaft soon, so what's another $100 when I am already going to have the car on a lift for that? Thanks


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If you are not lowering then there is no real reason to get an adjustable panhandler bar. The only benefit would be the stiffer bushings, but that will be a minimal change and not worth the cost. Your money will be better spent elsewhere. Some folks get an adjustable bar with stock height just to get the axle alignment perfect still though. The axle is a bit bit offset from the factory.


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I could see getting an adjustable panhard to make certain the rear axle is centered correctly, lowered or not. It may very well be off center even stone stock.

And the better bushings are also worth something, even for the panhard.

I have one for my car even though I won't be lowering it any time soon.

As you have noted, it is a pretty inexpensive and easy to install mod.

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The majority of the gt guys here, not sure with v6 but I would imaging the same, will tell you that our rear axles weren't centered from the factory. Its pretty easy to tell when you're breaking loose.

That said, I would say go for it. You dont have anything to lose. Maybe some increased nvh. Plus the oem one doubles as a rain stick.

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Worth it for sure.

Centers axle (they all are off center stock).
Will help lateral handling.
Helps launching.
Looks better.
Easy to install.
Pretty cheap.
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The axle is not centered with the factory panhard bar. If you want it centered then you need one.

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Why did this thread get moved to V6 tech?

The subject is applicable to all models.

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Why did this thread get moved to V6 tech?

The subject is applicable to all models.
It's tech, and the owner has a V6. Like we have said before, talk is just for basic non tech related topics.
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Mine was off almost a 1/2 inch side to side from the factory so I added one and got it centered as it should have been in the first place.
You also get less deflection from the firmer aftermarket bushings...

I also added the brace as the stock brace is light stamped steel that is not very strong at all... This is basically the same thing as a strut tower brace for your rear undercarriage.

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It's tech, and the owner has a V6. Like we have said before, talk is just for basic non tech related topics.
So Mods, where do we put a Tech question that is Mustang generic?
Do we just change our names/signature blocks so that they don't get moved? Why are we still doing all this sillyness with the moving and combining of threads?

OP do the panhard rod and make sure you measure your wheel stance and adjust it correctly as per the instructions. You'll probably see a difference.
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It's tech, and the owner has a V6. Like we have said before, talk is just for basic non tech related topics.
That's just silly, when the question applies to both V6 and GT it should be in a general forum.

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Thanks for all the responses. Seems like a worthwhile upgrade for the money.

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