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Hello all, Looking to fit Panhard Rod kit to my MK2 Escort any hints to get it right. I realise that this is not rocket science but I would like to get it right first time, thanks

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Would suggest buying an adjustable kit then you can adjust to get the bar parallel to the axle, I have found on three kits the axle mount needs to be longer in order to get a better line with the axle. The kit is self explanatory really.

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Defo get the adjustable kit. I got the fixed one from Rally Design and it isn't level with the axle. Mock it all up with the car's weight on the tyres/axle, that's about it really. You may need to remove the ARB or even reroute the exhaust depending on which kit you get.

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Thanks for replies, I have purchased the kit from Evans Rally spares it is adjustable with the tube it makes it hard to offer into place so was looking for some pics to get correct position, also should the rod run parallel with the axle, thanks

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Did you get the adjustable tower one ? You need it to sit parallel with the axle in both planes ie looking from the rear of car so it's level at normal ride height. Also as near as you can get it to run parallel to the axle. 

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Yes I have an adjustable kit a tube inside a tube with clamp, as I said the outer tube makes it a little difficult to offer up and I do not want to make the hole in the boot for the tube in the wrong place, bit over cautious perhaps

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A few pics I found,

adjustable tower.

extended axle mount.

fitted bar level.

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10 minutes ago, oldwheels said:

Yes I have an adjustable kit a tube inside a tube with clamp, as I said the outer tube makes it a little difficult to offer up and I do not want to make the hole in the boot for the tube in the wrong place, bit over cautious perhaps

The stregthening plate you get with the tower you could always increase in outer size to give you a bit more tolerance  on your hole cutting. It's not over critical to be in line with the axle from side to side it looks a lot better if it is. If you extend the axle mount gets it closer to the diff in a straight line and reduces the chance of running straight into the exhaust at the body mount side.

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Morning.

Ive just fitted the exact same adjustable rod kit on my MK1.

I was lucky enough to have a ramp to do mine on.

I held the body mount roughly in place and marked the floor (as you sead, its hard to get it into place due to the central post).

You will probably need to remove the rear exhaust box to make life easier.

Used a tank cutter to make the hole then pushed the mount into position.

They arnt the best fit tbh and fit where they touch. Had to lightly trim the mount in places to make it fit totally flush to the floor so it could be welded.

I think that maybe these kits are possibly made for cars with disc brakes on the back (as sead, the axle bracket needs extending to clear the hand brake bar etc).

When i had a new extended axle bracket fabbed up i saw that the mount sat with bang in the way of the axle sadle, U bolts, brake pipes etc... Nightmare!

The threaded insert is only spot welded in so set to it, gently with a grinder and popped the spot welds and removed the insert.

Then cut the bar down by 130mm. Luckily i work with a few engineers who cut the bar dead straight for me. Dropped the insert back into the bar and seam welded it back together.

The axle bracket is now welded into place just clear of the inner U bolt.

Given it a lick of paint for protection and will be fitting the bar on friday.

Dead horizontal and clearing everything.

Good luck with it :thumbsup:

 

P.S Removed the rear rollbar and mounts from the car all together as ive fitted tramp bars also. It just gets in the way lol.

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Thanks for your reply and fitting details very informative would be great to see some pics when you have finished,

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