Irs Catback On Foxbody W/panhard Bar & Torque Arm...will It Work?

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  1. MFE92

    MFE92 Active Member

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    It recently came to my attention that 03/04 Cobra catbacks bolt onto Foxbodies and fit great. This would solve a lot of problems for me which currently prevent me from running tailpipes at all. However, I'm not sure if it'll fit with a panhard bar and torque arm in place. Anybody know if it will?

    Here it is installed on a foxbody but without TA/PHB

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    stykthyn Commander of the snuggie cultists

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    oh my that looks hawt :drool:
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    Don't know if it will work with the phb/TA arrangement, but here is a better pic for you. On a fox body LX. My only concern would be potential ground clearance and/or wheel interference issues

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    BTW, I just noticed the car in the pic you posted has an IRS not solid rear axle. Look at the camber on the rear wheels......
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    I agree...:hitit:
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    Thanks for the closeup. I'm thinking it would probably clear the T/A, what's a more likely issue is the panhard bar. The bar itself peeks below the gas tank at just about the same height as that exhaust.
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    MikeH686 Mine is only two inches though.

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    Are you trying to buy one or do you gots one? If you gots it then slaps the be etch on there
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    stykthyn Commander of the snuggie cultists

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    ok, this is begging the question. An IRS setup will not allow for the SRA to flex. I could possibly see there being room for the normal up/down movement while the car is on the ground but what happens when you have to jack the car up? The only option I would see would be to unbolt the pipes every time you lifted the car. This would inevitably lead to leaks. I could be wrong but perhaps the flowmaster pipes which are routed for max tire clearance would be a better option but they may not clear a PHB. I run 315 tires on fox axles and I have the stock exhaust but clearance is less than a 1/4" and one day I would like to install a PHB and a torque arm. so going back to dumps may be the only viable option for me.
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    Is it wrong that that black car turns me on?:rolleyes:
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    Tire clearance is only part of my problem, the rest of it is exhaust heat overheats the fuel tank at track days.
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    stykthyn Commander of the snuggie cultists

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    dr gas boom tubes?
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    stykthyn Commander of the snuggie cultists

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    nvm that would be a horrible idea
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    I plan to do a PHR + 18x9's on my LX and this has been rolling around in my mind as well. Only thing I can figure is I'll have to go dumps.
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    RacEoHolic330 I like to dress like a pretty girl SN Certified Technician

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    Stykthyn brings up a good point. Unless you put jack stands under the axle tubes, the pumpkin will hit the exhaust. V-band clamps at the mufflers will make it much less painful to drop the exhaust every time you want to do rear suspension work.

    When I was mocking up the tails on my IRS swap, I did notice how the pipes sat in relation to where my PHB used to be, and there is no way they will both work together without modification to one of them. They basically occupy the same space.
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    I want to do DIRTY DIRTY things to that car. Raunchy!!!!! :hail2:
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    love love that black coupe


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    Panhard bar and torque arm are for solid rear axle set ups. If you use cobra independent rear suspension you no longer have the need to control movement of the entire axle assembly because the differential is somewhat rigidly mounted to a subframe which is mounted to the chassis of the car. The panhard bar controls the lateral movement of the axle and the torque arm I believe limits the rotation of the axle housing using the leverage of the car itself. On an IRS car this becomes unnecessary because the center section is fixed in it's location by the surrounding frame. I think.
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    This is an old thread. And IIRC, he was just talking about using the IRS catback on a car with a SRA
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    Yeah. Just caught that. It's late. Guess I'm tired.
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    No worries, you're new so it's okay. Welcome to SN btw
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