Rear Axle Off Center, Stock Suspension

sur_real1

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Hey everyone,

Long story short, my mustang took a bump on the noggin and it needed some suspension work. But when the shop tried to give me my car back today, the axle was off by a good half inch to the driver's side. Of note, my suspension is 100% stock, and before the incident it was dead nuts straight.

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Rear Axle and housing
Stock control arms

The shop is going to work on it Monday and try to get the axle centered up.

Thoughts?
 

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What's you replace the control arms with? OEM or aftermarket? I'd start taking measurements to see what is off center. Perhaps your frame is slightly tweaked. This is all assumed though, as I don't know the extent of what happened to your car.
 

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My stock 13 had that issue and an adjustable panhard bar will solve that issue.
 

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What's you replace the control arms with? OEM or aftermarket? I'd start taking measurements to see what is off center. Perhaps your frame is slightly tweaked. This is all assumed though, as I don't know the extent of what happened to your car.

It was replaced with OEM control arms and a complete OEM factory 8.8 axle assembly. The shop said that the car was in alignment, and I wish I had brought home the alignment sheet, but the driverside wheel/tire are flush with the fender well and the passenger side is in. Of note, I think they also replaced one of the brackets that attach the control arms to the chassis, so this seems to be slightly suspect as well.
 

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My stock 13 had that issue and an adjustable panhard bar will solve that issue.

That is a great suggestion. That did cross my mind as I was staring at the rear end, but then realized that it wasn't that way before dropping it off, so I left it with them to dig a little deeper.
 

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Well, just in case they come back saying there isn't anything they can do and everything looks fine, I ordered my adjustable panhard bar from AM.
 

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i bought a new 06 gt back in 06 rear was off to the right by 1/2..then bought a 08 bullitt ..same, now current 14 gt track pack also off 1/2 ..it seems its common on these s197s...i used ford racing k springs 1.5 drop and j&m adjustable panhard bar..problem solved
 

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I'm pretty sure my rear was also off on my 11 before I did any suspension work.
 

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Stock suspension on my Boss was off center about a half inch toward the driver's side. I didn't really notice it until I put new wheels on with a more aggressive offset. Adjustable bar fixed it.
 

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If it got hit so hard to require a new housing, odds are the panhard is bent....

Maybe I'm over thinking this but if the panhard bar was bent (makes it shorter), wouldn't that shift the axle more to the passenger side?
 
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Well, hopefully I'm getting the car back today. They replaced the panhard bar and say it's a little better, but my BMR adjustable one arrived in the mail 2 days ago, so it won't really matter for long as once I get that installed, I'll be able to pull it all back into shape either way :)

You guys have really given me a lot of great feedback and information. Thanks!
 

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