Maximum Motorsports 79-98 Mustang Panhard Bar (Polished Finish Panhard Bar)


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Maximum Motorsports 79-98 Mustang Panhard Bar (Polished Finish Panhard Bar)

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Panhard Bar kit for Mustangs greatly improves handling by adding a critical suspension component to better locate the rear axle. Also called the part that Ford forgot.

What is a Panhard Bar?

  • It is a suspension link that provides lateral (sideways) location of the rear axle.
  • Don't bother looking for it under your Mustang; Ford left them off the 1979-04 models.


  • Improves stability during cornering.
  • Improves straight-line stability.
  • Improves handling predictability.
  • Fewer steering wheel corrections are needed to stay on line.
  • Helps keep car straight during a drag race launch.
  • Stops the Mustang's rear-steer tendency.
  • Lowers the rear roll center.
  • Simpler and therefore less expensive than a Watts linkage.


  • Bolts-in, no welding required.
  • Clears stock tailpipes, and aftermarket tailpipes that follow the stock routing. Dynomax and Flowmaster tailpipes follow the stock routing.
  • Vertical adjustment of the rod's mounting accommodates different ride heights.
  • Very long rod minimizes sideways movement caused by the arc of the rod's motion.
  • Teflon-lined spherical rod ends precisely control movement with virtually no noise transmission.
  • Stout 6061-T6 aluminum rod is made from a custom extrusion, designed by MM for this application.
  • Rod ends are mounted in double shear for greatest strength and safety.
  • Chassis inserts allow proper tightening of mounting bolts without distorting the frame rail.
  • Low mounting of the rod significantly lowers the rear roll center, reducing the tendency of the inside rear tire to lift and unload during cornering.
  • Roll center is lower than what can be achieved with a Watts link.
  • While compatible with the standard T/A differential cover when properly installed, we recommend the new low-profile cover (listed for the S197 application) to ensure no interference.
  • Required before installation of the MM Torque-arm.

Wheel spacers are recommended for 1979-93 Mustangs that have both:

  • Fox-length axles
  • Rear wheels with a backspacing greater than 5.75". This is typical of 9" or wider wheels.


  • The Panhard rod lowers the roll center from the stock height. This may allow the inner sidewall of a wide tire to rub on the inside wheel well when the body rolls during cornering.
  • A 1/4" wheel spacer will eliminate or reduce tire rubbing on the inside wheel well housing after installation of a Panhard Bar.


  • Polished aluminum rod is available by clicking the option button above.

Why is a Panhard Bar an improvement to the stock Mustang rear suspension?

Tech Info


  • Not sure your Mustang needs the MM Panhard Bar? All 2005 to current Mustangs have a Panhard Rod. Ford would not spend the money if there were no benefit.
Manufacturer Maximum Motorsports

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