Originally Posted by wingfoot321
I can only speak for my trailer.
The new shocks come with one piece rubber bushings and there is not enough clearance on my 1987 for the top bolt. Previous shocks had a two piece bushing so there was adequate clearance.
I called airstream and they told me to just BEND the bolt.
THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF AIRSTREAM ENGINEERING THAT LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED.
I took my shocks off and guess what, they were super firm so I put them back on. You may want to check yours before you give them $150 for a very small shock. They are really tiny shocks compared to a large bore van or truck shock.
The shock stud should never be bent.
However, you can bend the shock bracket enough to replace the shocks, and then leave the bend alone.
Hand testing of shocks gives a false idea of their usefulness, since you cannot exert several hundreds of pounds of force on them.
Shocks 23 years old, should simply be replaced.
They are one of the least expensive Airstream parts available.