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    Hi guys,

    I'm bringing my car to my mech to install lowered springs and shocks.

    I also have an AJPS adjustable pan hard rod which I will need to get installed.

    My question is:

    1) Do I get the mechanic to install the pan hard rod when he installs the springs and shocks or

    2) Do I get the suspension place to install and adjust it when I bring the car in for alignment?

    If the mechanic installs the pan hard rod and does not make any adjustments to it, will it have an adverse effect on the suspension?

    Thanks

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    get the mech to put it in, will be cheaper, he can adjust it too. just measure equal gap tire to guard, thats all there is to it.

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    its quite easy to do your sels, an ae86 is a easy car to work on

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    Is that all there is to adjusting the panhard rod? Make sure there is equal gap between tyre and guard on both sides? So it should be done with the car on the ground?

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    Yes. On level ground if possible.

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    Save yourself some money and do it all yourself. Spanners and a ratchet set, jack, axle stands. Away you go.
    Front you will probably have to get your mechanic to do it, don't want the spring hats flying off and killing you.
    This is for the rear.

    -Top Shock Nuts off
    -Undo shock bottom mount bolt
    -Compress shock with your hands and manouver it out
    -Jack it up a bit more and the springs will pretty much fall out.

    Do the same but in reverse order.

    While you have it jacked up,

    -Undo the panhard rod mounts/bolts
    -Adjust the adjustable one to roughly the same length as the original
    -Install the same way you pulled it out
    -Do some fine adjustments with the car on the ground.

    Voila!

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    Thanks guys, how do you adjust the gap so that they are equal on the level ground?

    Do you mean crawl under the car on level ground and adjust the pan hard rod to get the equal gap or jack the back of the car up, do a rough adjust the put it on level ground to test again?

    sorry noob question.

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    After it's in and everything else is done. Put it on the ground, check gaps on either guard. Then squeeze under the fuel tank and adjust it, jack it up so the wheels are off the ground and then let it down, this will show you how much you've adjusted it. And just continue doing that untill you get it where you want. You can do it without having to jack it up and down. I just figured it's slighlty more accurate as you're not flexing sidewalls etc..

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