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Re: Panhard or not panhard???!!!...
Eric, the panhard bar ( I believe a french invention!) is there to help keep the axle centred from left to right. That assists in on road handling. Especially in cornering or any other source of laterally deflecting force. Most leaf spring vehicles do not use panhard bars, as the leaf spring itself does a good job of keeping the axle centred. CJ's have springs with more arch than Yj's, and don't have panhard bars. I'm sure the factory installed the panhard bar to assist street handling, and it probably provides some small assistance. It would not be dangerous to remove it, as CJ's are so similar and lack the panhard bar. Try disconnecting it and see if you can live with the on road handling change. The panhard bar works well as long as the axle is at a consistent ride height. If you compress or extend the springs, or flex the axle, the panhard bar will fight the springs as it pushes or pulls on the axle. The end result will be that the axle will flex better without the panhard bar, and that is an advantage off road.