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Old 06-16-2016, 06:44 AM   #29
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Hello Cliff
I got the shocks with the axle (single axle in my case, a typo on my part with "axles"). The key is the travel --- 4 inches in my case. They are Gabriel shocks. As I further recollect, when I selected the frame termination location, I made sure the shock was at its minimum extension. You can pretty closely estimate the travel by the radius arm on the axle (radius to the shock mount stud) and angle of rotation (about 45 degrees on my axle; the axle data will say the angle of travel).
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:07 AM   #30
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It is your trailer, your money and your thread. (however we have a whole forum for shocks only) Do what you think is best for your situation.

However you might want to ask yourself who sells an Airstream shock (for model years after 1966) by application. And ask someone who knows shock absorbers by design if mounting a shock absorber designed for verticle placement in a horizontal manner if it will compromise the function.

BTW there is air in a shock. If you don't want air one can get a gas filled* shock in the market place. If there are gas filled shocks, how does gravity impact the gas and oil in those shocks?

*Installing a gas filled shock is a great way to bend or break off a shock mounting bracket on an Airstream.

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Old 07-12-2016, 06:49 AM   #31
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...a change from lug bolts to lug nuts.



Just thought I'd post this in case anyone else is changing axles.



Finally! New axles!

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Are your axles 22 or 32 degrees?
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:38 AM   #32
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Are your axles 22 or 32 degrees?
I got the 32 degree down angle. I did have to raise my hitch head a couple bolts, and now we use the second step as well as the first.

We're on a trip right now, and I haven't noticed any adverse towing efffects. The coach handles so much better with the functioning suspension that it's hard to tell if the additional inch or so makes any difference.
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Drboyd - did you happen to measure at the wheel wells the height on gained with your 32 degree axles?
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I didn't measure it, but I'd call it 2-1/2 to 3 inches. Keep in mind that the old axles were flat dead, so part of that is due to new axles and part is due to the 32 degree lift.
I'm on the road right now, and we have noticed that things inside the coach don't bounce around nearly as much now.
I posted before and after pix on the Airstream addicts Facebook group.
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That's about the same as mine. I got about 2.5" inches with my 32 degree axles.
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