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Panhard bar install concerns

Even though I am using stock springs, the DS was definitely not centered, and was proud on the driver side by about 1/4-3/8". Not much, but noticeable with stock wheels, more with the new ones. So while changing the diff lube I installed an adjustable aluminum PHB. The stock one had to be banged out a bit, and pried out, since for some reason the mounts were super tight. The new bar had to be tapped in, also.

Question 1:
Is it possible to over-tighten the bolts? I definitely noticed that the sheet metal mounts crushed inwards quite a bit as the bushings deformed. The instructions said 130ft-lbs, I did 100 and even that seemed like too much. The metal bushing piece inside was about 1mm shorter on each side than the bushings. Should that have been longer? I bought the PHB a while back from AM and maybe it is not really for a '12?

Question 2:
Why would Ford put tons of BBs in the PHB??? Vibration dampening? When I picked it up it was like one of those hollow logs with pellets that make rain sounds, lol. Felt like I saved close to 6lbs with the new one.
 

isrboss

Go with the 130lb.ft. with the rear suspension loaded. My BMR is a tank compared to the factory unit. The BS inside is for NVH, from what I read. My 2013 Boss was off center from the factory as well.
 
Odd that they would come off-center. I wonder if the PHB is the same as the GT and that is why it is off a bit. Good to know that I am not the only one, since I was wondering if one of the mounts might have gotten tweaked somehow. Thanks!
 
WinterSucks said:
Odd that they would come off-center. I wonder if the PHB is the same as the GT and that is why it is off a bit. Good to know that I am not the only one, since I was wondering if one of the mounts might have gotten tweaked somehow. Thanks!

My 13 is off center a bit proud to the drivers side. I too thought the bars are the same as the GT thus causing the shift on the Boss' lower than GT suspension. I tried researching the numbers found on the PHB bar code sticker but came up empty. I'll probably go with a BMR or Steeda PHB.
 

Senderofan

Having more fun than should be allowed..in my Boss
Mine appeared to favor the driver's side as well...in stock form. Didn't measure it since I Knew I was installing an adjustable one. Good news is.....it is a very easy to install and dial in the axle. I used the method I found on this site.....taped a string that had a socket tied on the lower end.....to the fender edge along the midline of the axle. I then loaded the suspension with my jack ( the car was up on stands at the time ) and dialed it in. Torque your jam nuts and you're done...I used Loctite on them...but not that's required?

Wayne
 

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