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Old 04-18-2009, 03:56 PM   #1
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Shocks don't fit with new axles

I just installed some new axles on my 31' 1979 International. These are the Henschens axles with the higher load rating and increased downward angle which raises the ground clearance by about 3 1/2 inches.

Trouble is that the new shocks I got won't fit. Given the position of the shock mounting stud on the frame and the one on the axle, the shock just isn't long enough. Even if it were long enough, given the increased downward angle of the torsion arm, the shock would be rubbing on it just a little.

I know people put these axles on all the time and figure there mush be a solution. Weld or bolt a new mounting stud on the frame? Some sort of adapter? Just return the shocks and live without them?

I bought the goods from Inland RV but thought I would see what answers I could come up with here before calling for tech support.


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Old 04-18-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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Install the shocks on the axle shock brackets first and after it's on the ground install the shocks to the frame shock bracket last.

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Old 04-18-2009, 06:10 PM   #3
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Ya shoulda brought em up here too the old man and let me install em fer ya. I didn't have a minutes problem wiff mine last fall, 3 hrs an I was done. I did them myself and Im really really OLD.
Like ZoomZOOM said axle end first and then let it down and the angle will change as U put weight on it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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