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Old May 27th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Panhard rod woes

So about a month ago I swapped out my panhard rod bushings in an attempt to fix my crappy steering. Didn't fix the problem but yesterday I went wheeling and afterwards the front end was wobbling uncontrollably. The bolts were moving around like crazy inside the mounts when i turned the wheel back and forth. I will change them again but I don't understand how five miles of wheeling will trash month old bushings? Is there an after market setup someone has experience with that might be better?
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What bushings did you use? I know that certain aftermarket companies bushings are absolute crap.
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wHAT ABOUT THE BOLTS? How did they look? were they worn?
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DOn't know, I ordered the bushings from AB. As for the bolts, they were fine. I'm going to change them this time though.
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make sure the bracket holes arent elongated giving the rod play thus detroying the bushing.
also make sure they are torqued
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Do you happen to know the torque setting?
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Pan Hard Rod

Consider installing a bolt through the Pan Hard Rod Bracket mounts that is full length (unthreaded) for the portion that rides between the two mounts (at both ends). I am surprised that apparently the original LR bolt does not cover the full distance of this mount and thus sets up a condition for the bushing to have two different surface types to ride on, one unthreaded, one threaded. Threaded surface for a bushing is never a good thing. I aquired a grade 8 bolt and nylock for this application. I also used the same type hardware for the Pan Hard rod mounts to the frame. Where the Pan Hard Rod is mounted in a shear application, you have got to get the bushings riding on an unthreaded surface otherwise you'll set up a condition that hard to correct and what some try to correct w/ overtourqing these bolts. With this set up and the use of a nylock, tourqing the bolts to just snug is sufficient.
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