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Old 03-27-2005, 11:40 PM   #1
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does any body still use them ? I know the old jallopy & drag racers used them as a sort of panhard bar on traditional left hand steering setups, but would there be any advantage on a street machine.do you use one or both sides!!! thanks! "bear"





 
Old 03-28-2005, 12:50 AM   #2
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They were simply "dead perches"-meaning they had no action like the shackled perch at the opposite end. On race cars they were on the left hand side.





 
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Old 03-28-2005, 02:49 AM   #3
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Is this a dumb question? What is a dead perch or dead man's perch and what is it's pupose?





 
Old 03-28-2005, 06:42 AM   #4
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http://www.deucesteel.com/DSB11050.html this should show ya





 
Old 03-28-2005, 07:11 AM   #5
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the spring eye bolts directly to the perch, eliminating the spring shackle, preventing side to side movement of the frame,qs a panhard bar does! I assume!!! bob da-bear





 
Old 03-28-2005, 09:36 AM   #6
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Now I understand what the term indicates, big price for that piece though. I wonder how the later perches would work that had the built in sway bar mount? They look like an A width spring would fit in there.





 
Old 03-28-2005, 11:12 AM   #7
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To nkdsnake: thank for the info





 
Old 03-29-2005, 03:08 AM   #8
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As a leaf spring compresses it gets longer. If you ran dead perches on both sides you would have no spring movement,[at least until something important broke] and so, no suspenion. Notice on newer cars one end of the spring mounts solidly to the frame and the other end mounts to a shackel.





 
Old 03-29-2005, 02:05 PM   #9
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Beleive right shackle was locked or bracketed solid to axel to eliminate shackle freedom on right side ;this method was to help keep frame from shifting (to right )on hard left turns . Only One shackle was free to operate .Some used a sloted mounting on other side in place of shackles .Mostly seen on MIDGET RACE cars .





 
 

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