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Old 08-15-2002, 10:42 PM
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Question rear suspension question

K, I know this will seam like a very dumb question to many of the people on this board. But I am just getting into the REAL MUSCLE and I need to ask.

My question is this, What is the main differance between a PARALLEL LINK and a LIFT BAR rear suspension? What will be the best for mainly street, some track use? (I should mention that I am on somewhat of a budget)

I am building a `63 Nova. I do not want a 4 link.
It was recomended to me that I get a ladder bar set up. I am assuming the lift bar is the closest to that description.

Also , were is the best to get the parts I need? (I have been in touch with Martz and Heidt's.

I look forward to some advice and thanks for reading.

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Old 08-16-2002, 11:29 AM
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i've never heard of either term but would guess a parallel bar is a panard bar which would center the car over the rear end. it's attached to one side of the top of the rear end and goes to the opposite side of the car attaching to the body.
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Ladder bars, as opposed to 4 link, are a bit simpler to install and are easier to adjust however a four link will probably give you a bit better ride.

Some people don't like ladder bars but mine have given very good service for the last 5 years and I have no complaints.

There are a few different ways to set up ladder bars. One is with a panhard bar, another is with a wats link and the last is triangulated.

Triangulated is the most difficult to install but will give a bit better ride and is somewhat easier on parts.

When installing parallel ladder bars you need something to locate the rear end and keep it from moving from side to side. One way is a panhard bar. A simple bar that is attached to the frame on one side and the axle on the other. As the axle moves up and down the bar keeps side to side motion under control.

The other anchoring system is called a wats link. It consists of a pair of panhard rods that are hooked to a swivel that is mounted to the top of the center of the rear end. This system will not allow the rear to move side to side hardly at all where the single panhard bar will allow a small amount of movement.

What you use depends on how much work you want to do. The easiest of course is the parallel setup with a panhard bar.

Good luck.

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Was just looking at a rear clip from MARTZ online. Now they have a 4 link (I do not want to go with this because of the cost, work and NOISE.....a buddy has one in his street rod and it is always making noise, the car hooks great....but the trade off is just not worth it to me) a parellel link and a lift bar clip built to your specs.
I know what a four link is, so what is the ladder bar set up? Either of the remaining two?

Like I said, I am new to this...but eagerly looking forward to getting it done.
Thanks for the advice thus far.
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http://www.swracecars.com/frames.html
This will give you an idea of ladder bars (sometimes called a 3-link).

A parallel link is like a 4-link accept the bars stay parallel because you can not adjust your suspensions geometry and instant center like a 4-link.
Southside Machine has a "bolt on" traction bar called a Lift Bar.
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