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Old February 25th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Panhard pre- load questions

I have my adjustable panhard rod ready to install. The truck has 3 or so inch lift and there is considerable load on the stock panhard rod-ie front axle is pulled to the left, not centered. Should I simply remove the stock rod and adjust the new one out so there is no load ? Its easy enough to pull the truck sideways using the winch so the question is how much preload is correct ? 1/2 inch, more, less ?
For anyone interested these are German made by a company called Atek and can be had from Paddocks with poly bushings for less than you can make your own-$68
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:42 PM
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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I took mine off a few years ago, lined up the holes from the stock one and installed it. I have not had any issues.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:43 PM
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With mine, I adjusted the panhard to center the axle. HTH. Mark
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:48 PM
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Doesn't the truck self center the front axle on the coil springs/shocks if you remove the panhard rod if its sitting on level ground?
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After my ordeal a couple months ago, i consider myself the panhard master.
What I did was remove the old panhard and cautiosly but strongly pushed the body until it was as centrally aligned over the front axle. Once aligned, I adjusted the panhard rod so that the bolts slipped right in. Then i cranked down to bolts.

Pushing the car was the hardest part because I was very concerned that the body would go too far and cause damage....but it didn't and took quite a bit of shaking.
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With mine, I adjusted the panhard to center the axle. HTH. Mark
This is what I did as well.. Get it centered and you are good to go..
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It is extremely easy to push the vehicle side to side without the panhard rod.
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