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Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install a BMR Adjustable Panhard Bar on your 2005-2013 Mustang
Hey, guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with the BMR adjustable panhard bar for all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. This panhard bar from BMR is going to be a good option for the '05 to '14 owners out there that are looking for the benefits of a panhard bar for a lowered S197 that sees a lot of street time. In general, panhard bars are a great suspension mod. They can offer a lot of benefits. And as such, they tend to be one of the first suspension mods that owners tackle. There are a lot of options when it comes to panhard bars, and you're gonna want to choose which type you go with based off of your car and what you plan on doing with it. I'd say that a panhard bar is a must-have upgrade if you're serious about improving the suspension on your S197, and that's because the purpose of a panhard bar is to keep the rear axle from moving side to side. The side to side movement in the rear axle is created by chassis flex and twist and it will have an impact on the consistency of the handling. The stock components are weak and they're designed for comfort, which is why they allow for these twists and the movements. If the rear axle is allowed to move and it doesn't stay centered, you'll experience rear steer and your ability to corner will be reduced. A panhard bar is going to center your rear, which will not only be an issue if the rear is moving during cornering from chassis flex, but once you start doing other suspension upgrades and lowering your car, the panhard bar will help keep the geometry correct. The BMR panhard bar is made to stop this movement, which will help with traction and handling since the rear will be forced to stay centered. There are a few features that are gonna make the BMR panhard bar here different than others on the site. I'd say that this is a good choice for lowered cars simply because it's adjustable. We all know when you lower your car the geometry changes and so adjustable suspension components tend to work best in these situations. The BMR is on-car adjustable, which means that you can fine tune your suspension with the bar installed. You don't need to remove it to make any adjustments. Now, that's not to say that you shouldn't run an adjustable panhard bar if your car isn't lowered, but you really should consider an adjustable bar if you are lowered. This panhard bar will work for both street and track applications, but I specifically say that it's great for a car that sees a lot of street time due to the bushing setup and the material that it's made out of. Bushing setups and suspension parts are very important. They're going to create a different type of performance from parts that are made the same way. So the bushing setup is always important to consider. This panhard bar is great for a car that sees a lot of street time because it has a spiral fluted greasable polyurethane bushing. The poly bushings are stiff enough to reduce deflection and add stiffness, which is what you want here, but it's not going to add so much rigidity that it causes a terrible ride quality for a street car. Bushings have a big effect on ride quality and NVH, and a lot of times choosing a suspension setup comes back to finding the perfect combo that will stiffen up the rear and stop unwanted movement, enough to improve traction and handling but not so much that you hate driving a car. The amount of NVH and stiffness in the ride all comes down to personal preference and what you use your car for. The fact that they're greasable means that they will be easy to maintain with the bar still installed on the car. And the adjustable ends are Chromoly CNC machined with rolled threads. These are nice components that are going to make the adjustments easy and keep the bar highly functional as well. The bar does have a steel tubular construction. It's a thick diameter as well, one and a quarter inch, so that's going to make it rigid, a lot more rigid than the factory bar is. It's then finished with a black hammer tone powder coat. And while you won't necessarily see the color of the bar when it's installed, the powder will give it some corrosion resistance, and that's only going to benefit an under car suspension component. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that while a panhard bar can and will make a difference by itself, it definitely pairs great with other suspension mods. It'll help with traction and handling by itself, but keep in mind that there isn't just one part that will fix all traction and handling issues, but a good combination of upgrades can totally change a Mustang's performance. As far as price, at the end of the day a panhard bar isn't necessarily all that expensive. This panhard bar costs a little under $150, which is more expensive than the non-adjustable panhard bars but less expensive than some of the more complicated and track-ready options. If you're not worried about NVH, there are some more radical choices that are available. And one is not necessarily better than the other at face value. It all depends on what you're building and what you're building it for. They have different features that will give different performances.The install for this panhard bar does require a little bit of knowledge, but overall it's not difficult. So I'm gonna call it a solid one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, but mostly just because of the adjustment process. It'll take about two hours to complete. If you tackle this install yourself, you need a few different sockets and wrenches and a way to get the car in the air so you can work under the rear. There are covers covering the factory panhard bar bolts but they're easy to remove. The factory bar is held in by two bolts, but you will need to loosen the panhard bar support brace in order to get the stock bar out. There will be a little assembling of the new panhard bar before you can install it like the bushings, the ends. And since this is adjustable, you wanna make sure that it's the same length as the factory bar before installing. The actual install of the new bar will be the same as the removal of the factory bar. Once the bar is installed, it'll need to be adjusted. The panhard bar is adjusted by twisting the bar by hand to adjust the body of the car over the axle. You can accomplish this by measuring each side after you adjust the bar, and there are a few different ways that you can do that. Once everything is adjusted, all you have to do is lock everything into place. Wrapping things up here, the BMR panhard bar has a tubular steel construction and it's on-car adjustable with poly bushings that will be more forgiving to a street car. It's a great option for lowered cars and will work to improve traction and handling, especially in corners, therefore tightening up the rear end. You can check it out more online along with all of your other rear suspension upgrade options right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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March 24, 2020
Install is really easy except for on pesky bolt that is hard to get in and out due to the length of the bolt. Other than that, I never realized how sloppy the OEM panhard bar was until switching to the BMR adjustable lanyard bar. The rear of the car feels drastically more stable and predictable around corners and the adjustability gives me the freedom to lower the car in the future. The panhard bar looks way better and side by side you can see just how much stronger the BMR bar is.Helpful (1)
March 20, 2020
Looks and function!
Awesome product, easy install... does its job! Easily adjust car side to side, only basic tools needed. Anyone can do this! If your lowered and haven't installed an adjustable pan hard bar... what are waiting for?Helpful (0)
March 15, 2020
Its very nice, feels way Better than the stock one.Helpful (0)
March 05, 2020
Very sturdy replacement
Just a nice add to all the suspension work I’ve doneHelpful (0)
February 25, 2020
Works like it should.
As i siad it works the way its supposed to. No complaints. If u know what ur doing u shouldn't have a problem installing and adjusting.Helpful (0)
February 18, 2020
Lowered vehicle must have
It was easy to install and vary nice looking. This is a must have when lowering your vehicle. It recenters your axle.Helpful (0)
January 30, 2020
Definitely can see and feel the strength in this bar over stock! Great to have the adjustability with it as well!Helpful (0)
January 26, 2020
No more ugly track misalignment
If you're going to replace your panhard, get an adjustable one, period. My rear end was shifted to the left with my worn-out stock one. Good instructions helped get it lined up perfectly.Helpful (7)
January 19, 2020
Its worth the money spent
It took me 30 minutes to install, the hardest part was getting the fitment.it took me three days to get the proper setup due to install was on Jack stands it's only off 1/8 to les that a 1/4 on the drivers side so I wouldn't loose sleep if you dont get it perfect because its impossible to doHelpful (0)
January 18, 2020
Part is great...so far, but......
The install was smooth. No issues so far, but the shipping took way too long. The part didn’t even ship until a couple days after i ordered it. I called AM to check on the status with the item, coincidentally, the part was shipped a few hours later. I usually get things fairly quick from AM. I’m not sure what the issue was with this order.Helpful (3)
my mustang is not lowered would i need to get the non adjustable panrod bar
This BMR Adjustable Panhard Rod will work on non-lowered and lowered Mustangs. If you for see your Mustang be lowered in the future, we would recommend an adjustable bar that way a new bar would not be required.
I have a 2014 GT Convertible. I know certain frame connector parts are not needed because of extra factory bracing. Will this part fit a convertible, as stated for coupe GT's?
Panhard Rods are necessary for adjusting alignment after lowering a vehicle, and convertibles are no exception. This will fit convertibles no problem.
driving conditions Would upgrading a Panhard Bar, along with a set of sway bars increase winter driving traction?
The BMR panhard bar is a great product. It'll help make sure the axle is centered under the car if it has been lowered. It's greaseable and the bushing don't deflect much. For winter driving, you'd get better traction by spending your money on a set of all season or winter tires with a more aggressive tread pattern. Put 100 pounds of sand or kitty litter in the trunk too. Winter driving for most folks means just getting around. BMR suspension parts really shine when getting down or around the track in good weather.
Is there a specific way that the Panhard bar is suppose to go in? For an example, which side does the adjustable go. The driver side or the passenger side?
Yes, the BMR Adjustable Panhard Rod would install with the grease fittings pointing downward and the 90 degree grease fitting on the drivers side of the vehicle. You can reference the install guide here: https://lib.americanmuscle.com/files/390589-manu.pdf.
Is it necessary to buy the BMR panhard suppprt brace or the bar is enough?
Not necessary but would help in strength. But no need for install.
You will want to make two measurements while the car's suspension is at normal ride height (sitting on all fours) Measure the distance fom the edge of the tire out to the vertical Axis of the fender well...usually hanging a piece of string off of fender hanging down w a weight on the end helps. Then just take a tape measure and measure out from the tire or rim to the string. Do the same on both side. Then compare the numbers..for example if it measures 2.5 inches on one side, and 1.5 inches on the other, you can use the panhard bar to adjust the rear end to reflect an equal 2 inches on both sides.
This product can indeed adjust the rear axle to align it properly, however this is designed to change the alignment once a Mustang is lowered, not as a fix to an issue from an accident.
Every Mustang reacts differently so there is not formula or easy answer. You really just have to wait and see, however ultimately the panhard bar centers the rear axle so adjust until the axle is centered.
We suggest using a silicone based grease for polyurethane bushings.
Polyurethane should only be lubricated with one specific type of grease to insure long bushing life, and squeak-free performance, Silicone based synthetic water-proof grease.
The BMR Adjustable Panhard Rod will be used to center your rear axle This is needed with a lowered Mustang. Lower control arms can be used to adjust pinion angle. You would need to measure pinion angle to determine if the pinion angle needs to be adjusted, though typically at your height it is not needed.
This BMR Adjustable Panhard Bar weights approximately 9 Lb's.
Adjusting the panhard bar compensates for any axle movement created from lowering your car or other suspension changes.
The BMR Adjustable Panhard Bar is used to center the axle after lowering. The non adjustable factory unit will cause the rear axle to shift to one side when the car is lowered, necessitating an adjustable panhard bar to recenter the axle.
S187 does not mean anything. S197 is the internal chassis designation given to the 05-14 models.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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