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Old 02-08-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Just received 4 gabriel shocks for my 65 airstream - they will be mounted vertically. They seem like they will do nothing - I can easily compress them with my hands. Extending them is a bit more difficult but not hard. Is this just how they are supposed to be? I can't imagine them doing anything if I can so easily compress them with just a few pounds of pressure. Do I need to prime them or something? Looking for some confirmation. Thanks

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Old 02-08-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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Just received 4 gabriel shocks for my 65 airstream - they will be mounted vertically. They seem like they will do nothing - I can easily compress them with my hands. Extending them is a bit more difficult but not hard. Is this just how they are supposed to be? I can't imagine them doing anything if I can so easily compress them with just a few pounds of pressure. Do I need to prime them or something? Looking for some confirmation. Thanks

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So, is the issue that they're easy to compress and extend, or that it's easy to make them move quickly? Shocks don't offer much resistance to relatively slow compression/extension, but the faster you try to move the piston, the more it should resist (up to a point.)
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Just received 4 gabriel shocks for my 65 airstream - they will be mounted vertically. They seem like they will do nothing - I can easily compress them with my hands. Extending them is a bit more difficult but not hard. Is this just how they are supposed to be? I can't imagine them doing anything if I can so easily compress them with just a few pounds of pressure. Do I need to prime them or something? Looking for some confirmation. Thanks

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It's not how slow they react, but how do they react with a fast blow.

What you describe is exactly how they are supposed to work.

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I have a 1978 Caravanner that need shocks replaced. The manual calls out Delco 400008 as the part number, but cannot find it to cross reference. Anyone outthere have a part number for the correct shocks to buy?

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I have a 1978 Caravanner that need shocks replaced. The manual calls out Delco 400008 as the part number, but cannot find it to cross reference. Anyone outthere have a part number for the correct shocks to buy?

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