Paul, Though the first post spoke of stiffening the rear by addition of a
panhard rod, the panhard rod will only locate the rear axle on a horizontal
plane. It will not stiffen the rear. John
Paul Hunt wrote:
> You mention 'panhard rod (V8-style)' as if it was a standard item on V8s, it
> wasn't on the factory V8. I too have noticed increased oversteer with only
> mild stiffening at the rear. I have had information from a couple of
> sources now that if the rear is stiffened the front has to be more so to
> prevent handling problems. One of these sources related to the Audi TT that
> was recalled for a slightly thinner rear bar and a slightly thicker front
> bar to correct terminal oversteer. The 'terminal' in this case related to
> the occupants of a number of cars, that is, it killed them. Be careful.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Eric <email@example.com>
> To: mgs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 1:21 AM
> Subject: Panhard Rod
> > A couple of questions for you all....
> > 1. A while ago I took the advice of this list (well... you know what I
> > mean) and I fitted a lot of V8-type bits and pieces to strengthen and/or
> > stiffen up the front suspension of my '68 (stock) MGB. This was mainly
> > because I was getting her/myself into sprint 'races'. What a great
> > improvement to handling - all was worth it.
> > Then, because we always want... MORE..., I went a step further and
> > uprated the sway bar to a bloody great 7/8 in an effort to try to keep
> > both rear wheels on the ground during heavy cornering. Without a LSD
> > that 'flying' wheel was pretty useless spinning away when I wanted to go
> > forward! The 7/8 sway bar did the trick, but I had to learn a few more
> > tricks to handle the additional oversteer that initially threw me off
> > into the dust more than once.
> > I now find on winding, bumpy roads, the car tends to 'shimmy' about -
> > and on real corrugations she can tend to take herself towards the edge
> > of the roadway. Am I right in blaming the sway bar for this
> > disconcerting movement?
> > 2. My next thought is now to stiffen up the rear end with the addition
> > of a panhard rod (V8-style). Any thoughts on this?
> > Yes, she does ride the bumps pretty hard now (hell, who needs to let the
> > suspension do its job) but seeing as I have gone this far am I going to
> > see a significant improvement by limiting the rear axle movement with
> > the panhard rod?
> > 3. I have searched the 'Net... and a few online catalogs... but I can't
> > find a price on a panhard rod for my 'B.
> > Can someone throw me the price of a new item and maybe what I could get
> > one for 2nd hand? I have had an offer of one locally (Australia) that I
> > am told is a Moss item but the person offering couldn't give me a price
> > at the time (I assume he bought it and didn't pinch it:-) and I couldn't
> > see the price in the online Moss catalog- so I wonder what I should
> > offer.
> > Any advice gratefully received.
> > Eric
> > '68MGB MkII