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Watts linkage in competition car

ehhh...Any reason to use above mentioned rear suspension in competition car?
(bad saying,but I hope,you understood,what I want to say.)

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If you mean instead of a Panhard, the short answer is "no." The lateral motion allowed by a Panhard of reasonable length is inconsequential. You'd be hard pressed to find more than a handful using a Watts, to locate a beam axle laterally, in any of the world's competition divisions. (An exception might be found in certain "off road" classes, where suspension travel is an order of magnitude greater than that found in other competition classes.)

I suppose I should mention that there are some cars (mostly dirt track) that use a short, angled Panhard to achieve a dynamic loading as the car enters a turn. Personally, I believe this creates more problems than it solves, but I realize there are those who would strongly disagree.
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Panhard bar length

Hi billy
What do you consider a reasonable length for a panhard bar?
I'm building a 57 pick up with a 4 link in it. Its set up for a panhard bar that will be 22.5 inches long. My other choices are to fab a new bracket and get it to 25.5 inches or go with a diagonal link.
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Well, if you start with a 22.5 inch bar horizontal, 2 inches of jounce results in a transverse travel of less than a tenth of an inch. I'd consider that quite inconsequential.
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If you mean instead of a Panhard, the short answer is "no." The lateral motion allowed by a Panhard of reasonable length is inconsequential. You'd be hard pressed to find more than a handful using a Watts, to locate a beam axle laterally, in any of the world's competition divisions. (An exception might be found in certain "off road" classes, where suspension travel is an order of magnitude greater than that found in other competition classes.)

I suppose I should mention that there are some cars (mostly dirt track) that use a short, angled Panhard to achieve a dynamic loading as the car enters a turn. Personally, I believe this creates more problems than it solves, but I realize there are those who would strongly disagree.

OK,thanks for assistance
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