What I want to know about is that Panhard rod running across the picture. How long has that been there and what were your impressions of differences?
One of the things I have noticed is that the Mustangs seem to wander in corners. Dare I say it, but my Honda Accord took a better set and grooved better through corners. The Bullitt OTOH seems to require constant correction. In harder corners I can feel the back end much differently, it seems like it is turning a bit on it's own. I initially theorized that this was the "neutral steering" but after reading around on the Maximum Motorsports site I have come to a different theory. I now think that I am feeling the differential working around back there. This would be eliminated by the panhard rod.
My concern is the domino affect. The panhard rod lowers the roll center which changes the lateral weight transfer. Which then needs to be corrected by springs and/or different anti-roll bars.
I don't have the panhard suspension set-up but I do have aftermarket springs and rear U/LCA's and can say that I have absolutely no mid corner wander or bounce. I have driven the car hard on the street and harder at a track with a full indy circuit. The rear remained planted and only broke loose when I got careless and downshifted while braking from high speed into a hairpin. Not a good idea. The nose tended to plow a bit in sharper corners but my tire pressure may have been too low. Overall I would characterize my car now to be neutral with a tendency to slight oversteer when pushed hard in a corner. I haven't tested it since adding my MM CC plates however.
Well.. I did a little spirited driving with the Bullitt after the sway bar install. Did a fast dive onto a feeder ramp to beat a left turn light, the car did a beautiful 4 wheel drift, very controlable. The bar has taken a lot of the understeer out which is what I wanted. I'll know better when I hit the race track but it feels much better.
Tha panhard rod, inconjunction with the Maximum lower control arms, removes all the bind from rear end. I have a much harder time lighting up the tires without dumping the clutch..an improvement for sure. I have some boxed Ford Heavy duty upper arms and stiffer, but not urethanr, bushings to go in yet and I'll be done with the rear. Still have various bushings and camber plates to go in the front of the car and I'll be done with the suspension for now.
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