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Old 01-31-2005, 04:32 PM   #1
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Broken shock absorber stud

I was replacing shock absorbers on my 96 25ft today, and one of the shock absorber studs broke off. It is the stud that is on the frame. Does anyone know if that stud is screwed into the coller or is it welded into the coller. Hard to tell, and I hate to mess with it and try to unscrew it if that is a waste of time. (I have about a 1 1/2 inch left but no threads to screw to.) I called airstream and they show a part, "shock absorber bolt" but they could not really tell me anything about it. I guess my best option will be to buy a bolt and have it welded, but it is just a "pain", going out and finding a welder for a little thing like that. Maybe just drill it out and through bolt it, has anyone tried that?

Any options would be appreciated
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Old 01-31-2005, 04:55 PM   #2
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All Airstream shock studs are welded into place.

Using a bolt would not be wise.

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Old 01-31-2005, 05:39 PM   #3
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Monroe makes a kit that you can use to add a stud. It's a lot of work to drill through the frame, and then you'll always worry if the frame is going to buckle. http://www.shockwarehouse.com/cgi-bi..._retrokit.html

I welded the shock stud to a 33 plate, and used grade 8 screws to hold the plate to the frame, which was re-inforced to prevent buckling.

If possible, I think you should weld a new stud to a mounting plate, weld the plate to the frame.
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That stud is welded to the axle assembly, you can lower that axle and drill out the stud for the shock mount, and weld a new one in its place. It is a relatively straightforward procedure, if you have a way to roll the other wheels up on a ramp to give you clearance. Oh, yes, and an arcwelder

The replacement shock stud previously mentioned will wotk, and can be welded.
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All welds are not created equal. Make certain that you know your materials and have the proper filler material and a qualified welder.
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All welds are not created equal. Make certain that you know your materials and have the proper filler material and a qualified welder.
Sorry, I tend to forget that not everyone in the world knows how to weld...
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That stud is welded to the axle assembly
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I think he is talking about the one on the frame.

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Terry I was a structural steel worker and worked in the engineering dept. We had a lot of cases where material was misidentifed and welded with the wrong material. One case was on a pipe to a hull valve on a submarine. It happens.
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