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Old 01-04-2004, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Negative impact if bar above pan hard rod is removed?

The stock stamped steel black bar that is above the pan hard rod, are there any negative impacts by removing it?

I upgraded the stock pan hard rod to a hotchkis bar.

Weight reduction is weight reduction, right?
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took mine out like 2 years ago, haven't had any problems i'm aware of. i don't even know what that damn thing is for to be honest.
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One of my v6 turned v8 peeps did this.

OK, its on the list to be ditched then, thanks!
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Took a look at it the other day.

Looks like its rigidly mounted and reinforces the panhard bracket. If it breaks from fatigue life is going to get interesting!
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I almost posted this same question the other day, when I removed mine.

I have a friend who has been running without his, no ill effects. He did it to clear his 4" exhaust.

I'm doing it to clear my 'street' exhaust, and to make pulling the exhaust easier.

I don't know how much strength it adds, because it's already bent... Bent things usually tend to flex at the bends anyway...

We'll see... I'll be running without it.

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Had mine out a few years, but I also installed an aftermarket PHB at the same time to be safe.
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The one on my '00 has been gone from almost day one. No problems. That bar really only comes into play when cornering agressively, IMO.
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I almost posted this same question the other day, when I removed mine.

I have a friend who has been running without his, no ill effects. He did it to clear his 4" exhaust.

I'm doing it to clear my 'street' exhaust, and to make pulling the exhaust easier.

I don't know how much strength it adds, because it's already bent... Bent things usually tend to flex at the bends anyway...

We'll see... I'll be running without it.

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did your stock phr seem to have a slight bend in the bottom of it?? I kind of noticed that mine looks like it is twisted.

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The one on my '00 has been gone from almost day one. No problems. That bar really only comes into play when cornering agressively, IMO.
Yup!

and I agree as well. Still debating wether to remove it or not.

Whats it worth in weight? 5lbs?
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Thanks for all the replies!

Well, since I have manual steering I don't think cornering aggresivley will come into play
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Bret at BMR said its to reinforce the panhard bar mounting point, and he didnt recommend removing it - then again, there are obviously a few people not running theirs, and they have no problems. Id ditch it unless you autox.
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Yeah, 5 lbs.
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i removed mine, did 1.2x 60's with no problems, but my car sees no hard cornering. i also relocated my PHR farther upward on the bracket which reduces the amount of side leverage the bar has on the bracket and its welds
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