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Watts link or wishbone?

What are most folks using for a locator?? I have coil overs with ladders. Have a wishbone set up someone gave me that I can use. Or I found this bolt on watts link set up from the same place I got my rear disk brake kit from. Which is better for a 95% street driven car ???

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

I'm using a track bar but my car is on the track, not the street. I was asked if I planned to do any street driving and they said if so, a panhard bar is a lot better then a track bar.

I honestly don't know how a wishbone would be on the street, but I think it would not give you the side to side control like a panhard bar would do.

I never heard of the Watts setup, but it looks like it would work, but WOW, that's a lot of cash. The place I get my chassis parts from has a panhard bar for the street with poly ends that cost $129.95 or they also sell the same thing but with teflon ends and that cost $56.95 but you would need to do some welding.

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

I use a Panhard bar on my car with ladder bars. But with my frame rails so narrow it is only about 14" long.

By looking at the pictures if I used a watts bar they would only be about 4" long. I think it is more designed for stock frame rails.

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

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I use a Panhard bar on my car with ladder bars. But with my frame rails so narrow it is only about 14" long.

By looking at the pictures if I used a watts bar they would only be about 4" long. I think it is more designed for stock frame rails.
Just curious, so I can compare them to mine, how narrow are your rails ???

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

If you care, here is a link to the instructions for the panhard kit from the company I deal with, http://www.swracecars.com/Files/pdf/40_218.pdf

The main tube is made long to fit their different sized frame rail assemblies, which range from 24", 26" and 28".

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

Frame rails are 26"

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

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Frame rails are 26"
Thanks. Mine are 22. Need to do a little more research. But am leaning towards the watts link. Keeps the rearend moving in a more vertical motion.

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

I have a track bar on my car which is street driven. 4-link suspension, no issues or complaints.

A panhard bar with your frame rails only 22" apart probably isn't going to cut it, but it depends on how much room you have above your housing and where you put your mounts.

Wishbone takes up a lot of space, but should work. Probably won't be able to run your exhaust out the back (if you were planning to).

Is your car a 4-link or ladder bar car?

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

Car is a ladder bar. Exhaust will exit front of wheels. I got a deal a few years back on a Cup roadcourse exhaust from headers to talpipes. Oval tubes. Should fit nicely under the car.

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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

I built my wishbone on my 67 Camaro. Close to 10,000 miles, one Hot Rod Power Tour and many mid 10 second passes. Mine is located above the housing and works great. It attaches with brackets to the upper 4 link bolt and uses a 3/4" shaft with a 3/4" rod end in the front and oil light bronze bushings in the slip tube to keep it lubricated.
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Re: Watts link or wishbone ???

Mark - I switched from track locator to wishbone on my 69 for exhaust clearance about 10 years ago. Haven't had any issues. Drive the car on street a lot. Some video of my setup on Youtube - " Dad's 69 Camaro on lift " . Hope it's helpful.
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Mark - I switched from track locator to wishbone on my 69 for exhaust clearance about 10 years ago. Haven't had any issues. Drive the car on street a lot. Some video of my setup on Youtube - " Dad's 69 Camaro on lift " . Hope it's helpful.

Thanks. Your setup looks very similar to the wishbone I started to mount on my car. Looks like I'll be keeping it.

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