The frame is no issue... stands up to all the abuse I toss at it on R-comps with high loads and transition rates.... curb hopping too when I'm tracking.How well would this work for a street/occasional auto cross or open track event car?
CSG, which TA or 3-link are you using? Sway bars? Looks like these would not play well with MM stuff since all of the above take up a small amount of space on the axle tubes at some of their mounting points.They serve different functions. With a watts you still need a TA or a 3-link.
Gotchya..the Watts Link is similar in function to a panhard bar. That explains why I still saw the upper control arms in place. Slowly learning....They serve different functions. With a watts you still need a TA or a 3-link.
Identical in function to a Panhard bar.Gotchya..the Watts Link is similar in function to a panhard bar.
Had this exact conversation with a guy at work. Seems to me for my use, a panhard bar will do what I need it to do. I am definitely not a full on racer, but I would like to get rid of the unpredictable nature of the rear end.Identical in function to a Panhard bar.
The differences between a Panhard bar and a Watts Link are:
Personally, at the level of tune 99% of track drive Mustangs are, the slight lateral movement a Panhard bar allows isn't a problem at all and the added weight and cost of a Watts (not to mention packaging considerations -- the Watts often interferes with sway bars and fuel cells,) don't justify the small theoretical benefits.
- The Watts Link is more expensive (more components and usually a fabricated subframe.)
- The Watts Link is heavier (the subframe.)
- The Watts Link allows zero lateral movement as the suspension cycles. The Panhard bar allows come lateral movement. How much is determined by the length of the bar. The longer the bar the less lateral movement.
- The Watts Link can be packaged into a narrow chassis with no negative effect. (See #3).
All this changes with a highly-tuned race car with a decently stiff chassis and unforgiving bias-ply racing tires. In other words, if I'm building a nationally-competitive AI or AIX car, I'll have a Watts, otherwise, I'm going to save a few hundred and install a Panhard Bar.
How can you say? Have you driven an identical car on the same day, on the same track, only with a PHB instead of a Watts? If so, please tell us specifically what you found.Have you guys run a Watts link? I have, and it's not placebo effect.
Watch it -- you're making assumptions too.I find it sad, very sad that this is the attitude and assumption.