I have been wanting a watt’s link for a while now. I have had some rubbing on the inner fender going on for years with my panhard setup and my 295 width tires. I recently went to a 315 tire and it obviously got even worse.
I am a huge UMI fan and wanted to wait until they come out with one, but with the way these tires rub and not knowing when UMI will release theirs I had to pull the trigger.
I have had an adjustable panhard from UMI for years and with a 3” true dual over the axle I also had to get the panhard relocation bar from them. Since my car is lowered I have always had the problem with the lower panhard bar contacting the upper one. This is obviously not good at all for suspension travel and with large bumps the rear felt VERY unstable and felt like it shifted the whole rear-end in a bad way under certain conditions.
I know UMI recently came out with a fix with their panhard bar bracket that lowers it on the driver’s side, but I knew I wanted to get a watt’s link eventually and would have to sell it at a loss later down the road if I could even sell it later on.
With my future plans of wanting to go with a MWC fab 9” and wanting to clear the dual exhaust it seemed like MWC was a clear winner.
You can see in the above pics just how uneven the panhard bar is as well as the spot where the bars have been contacting causing a “flat spot” on both bars.
The first thing I noticed about the MWC watts link is how light it was. I didn’t get a chance to weigh it but it was probably really close to the weight of the panhard bar and relocation bar it replaced.
The Install was pretty straight forward, which is a good thing as the MWC unit didn’t come with any instructions. The only real pain was grinding the brake line tabs off of the 10-bolt axle housing to clear the axle clamps. I also had to get longer u-bolts as well as spacers to lower the sway bar brackets so the sway bar would clear the watt’s link axle clamps.
I felt a very noticeable improvement right out of the gate. The rear felt much more planted and instead of the very hard jolts coming from the rear it felt almost more like the front suspension going over bumps if that makes sense. I am very happy with the improvement and wished I would have done this mod a long time ago.