1969 Chevy Camaro Watt's Link and Torque Arm Kit Install - Getting A Better Handle On Things The Watt's Way

Patrick Hill May 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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Things go together like a sandwich on the rear, with a gasket between the housing and the mount...

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Then the mount is slipped into place...

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...Followed by another gasket...

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...Then the new rear end cover with higher fluid capacity and main bearing reinforcement for the rear end.

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The front/transmission end of the torque arm features a fully bushed nose that the connection yoke slips into. This allows a minimal amount of forward/backward motion so the torque arm doesn't bind or twist during operation.

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Another BMR feature are grease fittings for both the yoke and torque arm bushing to both can be lubed for worry free operation.

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Here the rear of the arm connects to the bracket on the rear end housing...

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...While the front bolts into place on the trans crossmember.

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With both ends in place, they're bolted in using the supplied hardware. All fasteners in the kit are Grade 8 bolts for superior strength and durability.

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The arm also comes with a driveshaft loop, so if a shaft failure occurs, it won't go through the underside of the body like a buzz saw, or tear up the underside of the car.

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That done, it's time to install the side braces for the torque arm to provide extra strength in high torque applications, and give the forthcoming Watts-Link bracket extra support.

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To hold everything in place for the time being, the mounting bolts are used to hold the braces in place.

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To remove the leaf springs for the Watt's link install, the gas tank has to be removed first. This is always easier if the tank is as empty as possible. It's best to store the tank outside or other well ventilated area to prevent a risk of accidental explosion.

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This bracket connects the Watts-Link bars to the rear end, providing for the adjustable lateral stability and range of motion. If you have an '03 and up Crown Victoria or Grand Marquis, this is the same system used in those cars, and all of their police cousins.

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