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2. The Dumpster's front suspension is a three-link with a Panhard (track) bar. Most factory Panhard bars are of fixed length, such as this Dodge Ram 1-ton version I'm using. Because it is not adjustable, I needed to make sure the axle is centered at ride height. I did this by measuring from the frame to the top ball joints when the axle was exactly 51/4 inches from full compression. As the suspension compresses the axle moves toward the passenger side 1.18 inches. As it droops it moves slightly toward the driver's side 2.81 inches along the arc of the Panhard bar.

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