Global West Suspension manufactures an adjustable panhard rod (also known as track bar) with mounting kit for Impalas (model years--1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968).
Lateral location of the rear end has always been a problem on the 1965-68 Impalas due to the angle of the panhard rod at ride height. Raising or lowering the ride height shifts the rear end laterally (no longer in the center of the car) and causes the rear end to be unstable around turns and over bumps depending on the final angle of the panhard rod (not parallel to the ground).The Global West Advantage:
To fix this problem, Global West introduced an adjustable panhard rod and this particular kit also has a multi-hole frame mount braced across the frame rails for relocating the panhard rod.
The brace installs on the frame surrounding the stock mounting location and converts it over to a multi-hole frame mount.
The bracket allows you to bolt the panhard rod parallel to ground, or as close as possible, based on your ride height. For handling purposes, the panhard rod must be parallel.
Centering the rear end is handled by the adjustable panhard rod. The rod is installed with the adjuster on the rear end side. It is designed to be adjusted on the car by a threaded right and left hand adjuster positioned next to the rod end. This will correct the rear end lateral location problem.
The panhard rod also has a greaseable urethane bushing on the frame side. All kits are powder-coated black and supplied with new hardware.What are Panhard Rods?
Panhard rods are designed to reduce lateral movement of the rear axle in the chassis. One side attaches to the rear end while the other attaches to the frame. Replacing the factory panhard rod with one of our performance units solves several problems.
- The stock panhard rods generally are light duty and tend to deflect when the car is driven hard. Rear axle location is then compromised.
- Another condition regarding factory rods is that they are non-adjustable in length. Raising or lowering the car requires readjustment of the length in order to center the rear axle under the car. Failure to do so will result in possible tire rubbing on one side or suffering a distinct handling difference between right and left hand turns.
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