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Installation Instructions for New Style Panhard Rod Kit PN: MS2202A

Hardware Checklist
Description Panhard Rod Bolts   Torque Spec
Grade 8 Bolts 5/8" Grade 8 Fine Thread
Not Lubricated
240 lbs.
Nylock Nuts U-Bolts    
SAE Flat Washers 7/16" Fine Threadfont>
34 lbs.
Aluminum Spacers 1/2" Fine Thread
Not Lubricated
52 lbs.
Step 1. Remove Maier Racing product from box, check and confirm that you have received all product components and hardware (see Image 1). Reference the hardware checklist included with these instructions.
Image 1New Style Panhard Rod Kit pn: MS2202A
Step 2. Read instructions thoroughly before installing product, this may reveal a few things that may facilitate your install.
Step 3. Safely jack the vehicle up. Never use the jack by it self. Always use jack stands to support the vehicle while working, if you are not using a lift. If you are using a lift, a scissor style lift is preferred so that the rear suspension can be unloaded (see Image 2).
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Step 4. Now that the rear end is at full drop remove your wheels (see Image 3).
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Step 5. Take a moment to clean off powder coating g on the chassis bracket, which will be welded to the frame rails (see Images 4 and 5).
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Step 6. Place the chassis bracket up to frame rails. It is helpful to use a rubber mallet to set it in place; it will be a snug fit. The channel hangs off to the driver's side. The horizontal brace should be against the floor pan between the frame rails in front of the gas tank (see Image 6). Note: This unit was not designed with exhaust over the rear end housing.
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Step 7. Scribe or mark an outline where the brackets contact frame rails. Pull the chassis bracket off and grind clean the marked areas until bare metal is visible. If welding surface is not completely clean off paint or undercoating, the weld quality will be compromised (see Images 7, 8 and 9).
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Step 8. Enlist the help of a friend to assist you with the placement of the chassis bracket back in the car. Hold chassis bracket in place and tack weld it. Do not fully weld yet. We want to make certain that everything works together properly, before committing ourselves to a specific location (see Image 10).
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Step 9. Remove passenger side spring plate. If you still have the original U-Bolts now is a good time to replace them. These U-Bolts are serving an important function to you and your vehicle so it's worth the money, for peace of mind (see Images 11 and 12).
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Step 10. Install the Maier Racing Spring plate to the bottom of the Leaf Spring. Reconnect the Shock, U-Bolts and make certain to properly snug the shock bushings as well as properly torque the U-Bolts (see Images 13 and 14). When placing the shock bushings assembly back together, you may need to jack the housing back up a little to give enough thread on the stud of the shock.
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Step 11. Before placing the wheels back on the vehicle and lowering the car, you must place the pan hard rod loosely in the chassis bracket and axle bracket. Now place the wheels back on. Snug the lug nuts and lower the car. Having ramps to set the vehicle on will assist with the next step.
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Step 12. Jounce (push down and release, repeat several times) the vehicle to settle the leaf springs into their natural ride height. Proceed to bolt your Pan hard Rod kit together in the channels (see Images 19, 20 and 21). You will be able to adjust the length of your Pan Hard Rod by twisting it clock wise or counter clockwise to line up the hole for the bolts. Snug the bolts do not tighten them (see Image 22).
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Step 13.font> To level the Pan Hard Rod you can either use a carpenter's level or a tape measure. Set the Pan Hard Rod in the desired location, place the level on it to make sure it is leveled and proceed to tighten the 5/8" bolts (see Image 23). If you are using a tape measure, measure from the both ends of the Pan Hard Rod to the ground, until the measurements are equal.
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Step 14.font> Once everything is assembled and its is evident that the system fits clearly with no issues, place the car back up in the air and remove the rear wheels. Finish welding the frame brackets to the vehicle; be sure not to lay down one continuous weld all the way around the bracket. This will fatigue the thin sheet metal and possibly crack in the future. Weld in one-inch intervals. Lay down a one-inch weld, space one inch, and then proceed to weld another inch (see Image 24). This will hold just as well and help eliminate any major problems in the future (see Image 25).
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Step 15.font> Now that the Maier Racing Pan Hard Rod kit is installed Place the wheels back on the car. Be sure to properly torque your wheels before driving. Review your workmanship to verify that nothing was forgotten.
TIP: Be sure to check your U-Bolts after the first twenty-miles, then after the next 100 miles, do this periodically. Due to the fact that the U-Bolts are new and soft, they tend to back off a little until they seat in.



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