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TCP Pushrod Suspension

Has any one installed TCP's pushrod suspension? If so, what is your opinion of the install, ride and performance?

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Has any one installed TCP's pushrod suspension? If so, what is your opinion of the install, ride and performance?

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I'm curious. What is pushrod suspension? I installed a TCP front end this past summer.

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Ok, I see now. That's a very intense diversion from the archaic vintage norm.
Thanks for the link. I could have used that setup in my road racing days.

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Haven't seen one in person, but from the photos I don't think I would like it. There are allot of joints that will require lube and may be noisy, the panhard bar is way too short and will cause the rear end to move sideways as the rear axle moves up and down. It's probably pretty smooth riding though, if you can forget about the sideways motion of the rear axle.
Their standard coilover rear suspension would be much cheaper and probably work better.

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The panhard bar is actually a watts link mounted underneath the housing. The suspension set up is actally a very good set up. It is quite pricey though. The guys at Maier have a similar set up they are working on. If you are into full blown racing or just want to be really different from the rest, these are a great way to go. Just my two cents.
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I would be more motivated if still road racing. For the street, no chance!
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The panhard bar is actually a watts link mounted underneath the housing. The suspension set up is actally a very good set up. It is quite pricey though. The guys at Maier have a similar set up they are working on. If you are into full blown racing or just want to be really different from the rest, these are a great way to go. Just my two cents.
This is a Watts link. You can see the two links connected to the bellcrank that is attached to the center of the rearend housing. A Panhard bar uses only one link, and works best if it is connected near the axle end, and the frame on the other end. The longer it is, the better. There are also differences in roll center between the two types of suspensions.
Watts Link:
file:GSFRRearViewUnderCropped.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Panhard bar:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhard_rod

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It looks like it requires a side exit exhaust. I wonder how guys do the side exhaust with subframe connectors?

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Darn good question, Ocho; hopefully somebody can give us an answer! Getting to the point where I'm gonna say to heck with it and just do a straight turn-down tip out the back. Though, I suppose in retrospect, with some planning, you could probably just fit rings into the side-frames. Though that'd take some major forethought and measuring.
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It has a watts. The bar you see isn't a panhard, it's one of the watts links. The other is hidden by the axle housing.

They claim " A very experienced muffler shop could run it through the rear subframe over the shocks for rear exit." In the pictures the use oval pipe for a side exit.

More info and pictures here. TCP Rear Pushrod Suspension Kit

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