Video: An Inside Look At BMR’s Watts Link Setup For 4th Gen F-Bodies

If all you ever knew about stabilizing a rearend was the commonplace Panhard bar, you’ve been missing out. The suspension experts at BMR have just released the new Watts Link for 4th-Gen F-bodies, taking handling and grip on these popular street cars to a new level.

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A diagram showing the differences between a Panhard and Watts Link setup. The Panhard will pivot the axle to one side while traveling, while the Watts Link will keep the axle centered.

For those not in the know, a Watts Linkage is a design dating back to the 18th century. Using a center pivot between two control arms that move up and down, the Watts Linkage is great for keeping an axle centered in the full range of suspension travel, where a Panhard bar will tilt to one side while the axle is in motion. This can result in lost grip off of the starting line and in corners.

The kit from BMR is body-mounted (as opposed to being rearend-mounted). It’s made from 1 5/8-inch and 1-inch, .120-inch wall DOM steel tubing, as well as quarter-inch laser-cut steel plate. Heavy duty axle mounts use 3/16-inch steel gussets for durability. Meanwhile, the heimed links have double sheer mounts for terrific strength and no deflection.

BMRwattslink_4Nothing permanent has to happen to the Camaro or Firebird that receives the Watts Link. All parts and hardware are completely bolt-in, while also being adjustable with six positions for the center pivot mount. If traction and durability rank high on the priority list for your 4th Gen, then do yourself a favor and call or click to reach BMR Suspension today–contact information can be found below.

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