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Old 12-02-2010, 09:45 PM   #15
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welding?

Thanks for the info Tim.
Andy mentioned that the "shock mounting brackets can be welded in place". I can drill and use a wrench but welding is not a skill that I have in my tool bag. So my question is - is welding required or an option?
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:00 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info Tim.
Andy mentioned that the "shock mounting brackets can be welded in place". I can drill and use a wrench but welding is not a skill that I have in my tool bag. So my question is - is welding required or an option?
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Dan, The following is a post I just added to another thread. It should make things really simple for you as your AS is so short. You can read a bunch of threads and post on shocks but I'm convinced that they are not needed on smaller AS. You decide....Tim - TAC 14.

I installed a new henschen axle on my 65 Safari last spring. After several phone calls to Airstream Service Tecs. I was told I did not need the shocks. If fact, Airstream no longer uses them on 25' and under. Umm! All of the other manufactures do not use them with torsion axles. Something to do with the shock transfering some of the force into the axle. In any case the experts told me I didn't need them.....Tim - TAC MI 14
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Thanks for the info Tim.
Andy mentioned that the "shock mounting brackets can be welded in place". I can drill and use a wrench but welding is not a skill that I have in my tool bag. So my question is - is welding required or an option?
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Dan.

As with anything, the shock useage choice is yours.

You could, if you wish, take the axle to a welder and have the brackets installed to match their placement on the old axle.

We recommend that they be installed, since they are a motion restrictor.

There is no proof that they hurt anything, but there is proof that shocks that they can and do help. We do not go along with the size of the trailer has anything to do with the choice.

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Changing out the axle, in your case, would require a drill, a 1/2 inch drill bit and a couple of wrenches.

The shock mounting brackets can be welded in place before the axle is lifted into place.

You may find the copper LPG lines have annealed, as they usually do in time. You can easily replace all those lines, if you so chose.

You would need a jack, 2 jack stands, and a helper to lift the new axle in place.

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On all the axles I have replaced,5/8 bolts were required,finally decided a 5/8 hole saw was the easiest way to drill out the new holes.Just removed the pilot and it was an easy process,sure beat fighting a drill bit,and didn`t have to keep increasing the bit size. Dave
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