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Old 07-15-2014, 02:28 PM   #29
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Top - Thanks for the reply. I'm going to do as you suggest. Any issues with not using the shocks?
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I installed new Airstream (Gabriel) shocks on my Ambassador when I installed the new axles in 2011. I did not put shocks on when I replaced the axles in 2013. I can't see or notice any difference. It is your call. I do install shocks on customer trailers. I just left them off mine to see for myself if there was any difference.
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I installed new Airstream (Gabriel) shocks on my Ambassador when I installed the new axles in 2011. I did not put shocks on when I replaced the axles in 2013. I can't see or notice any difference. It is your call. I do install shocks on customer trailers. I just left them off mine to see for myself if there was any difference.
During my last visit to Airstream, I talked with a couple of their engineers.

They say shocks do indeed soften the ride.

But as always, they said, any owner of an Airstream can do anything they wish with their trailer, including taking shocks off, except when in warranty.

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Old 07-19-2014, 12:27 PM   #32
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I've enjoyed your thread. When I spoke to Colin about axles he indicated there were low profile and high profile axles, and that low profile axles require drilling. I take it yours are the low profile version? I'm also curious what you worked out with your shocks and the size tires you are running.

Do no manufacturers make an axle and shock combo that will fit out of the box?


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I've enjoyed your thread. When I spoke to Colin about axles he indicated there were low profile and high profile axles, and that low profile axles require drilling. I take it yours are the low profile version? I'm also curious what you worked out with your shocks and the size tires you are running.

Do no manufacturers make an axle and shock combo that will fit out of the box?


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Not really, since you are replacing one manufactured by a different company.

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If one doesn't have a welder, then what's recommended to fix the issue with the shock mounts being in the wrong place? That is, of course, besides not using shocks at all...


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If one doesn't have a welder, then what's recommended to fix the issue with the shock mounts being in the wrong place? That is, of course, besides not using shocks at all...


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I personally would hitch up the trailer and take it to a welder at some point in time.

Or, leave the shocks off.

Why are the brackets in the wrong place? How about a photo?

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Thanks. I plan to cut off the shock brackets and have them welded in a different location. I'll post photos of the current setup the next time I have one of the wheels off.
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I have an update on my issue with the position of the shock brackets. After not finding a local welder that wanted to cut the brackets off and re-weld them I took a chance and used an age-old remedy. It's called a 4 pound sledge hammer. I was able to bend the shock brackets back about 2 inches. This enabled me to install centramatic balancers, new S20T Sendel rims and Michelin 235-75R-15 M/S 2 tires. New tires. New rims. New balancers and the shocks are still attached doing their thing. Hot dawg. I'll post photos later.
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David,
Your thorough discussion of axle replacement is quite helpful to those of us soon facing the same. Thanks also to Andy R. and others who contributed.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:26 PM   #39
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Agreed!! Here in Fort Worth, TX I have brazenly acquired at 60s Land Yacht ...year TBD, & the amt of rusty guck that is in the center of the wheel (I'm assuming is the axle) is pretty gnarly looking. I'm a noob & am so ready to get dirty but unsure whede to begin, so I think running gear is probabaly a good place. Thank you for this forum! Everyone seems so nice here, & with the rye sense of humor that fits me to a "T".
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Looking forward to photos, I'm getting ready to replace mine, very interested in the shock mount position issue. I wonder if it's possible to tell the mfg where to put them when ordering.
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Here's Moe with new rims and tires:

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Old 09-23-2015, 06:04 PM   #42
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Here's one of the bent shock brackets. This allowed the install of the new centramatic balancers, Sendel rims and MS/2 tires.

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