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Old 03-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Monroe shock info

This week I was involved in a lot of talk about the correct shocks for an AS. I contacted Monroe and asked if the gasmatic they offered would work in a horizontal application on my AS. The following is a copy of the response I recieved. I always admit when I am wrong!

Thank you for contacting Tenneco Automotive. No they are not. Must be
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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I meant would not wood
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The rest of the story...

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Interesting. When I look at the orientation of these shocks on my 72, they are not truly horizontal. There is the end that is lower with the stamp that says "bottom ". Now it seems to me that a "horizontal" shock would be stamped with left, right, forward, aft but not bottom. Bottom infers a "vertical" installation to me.
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Interesting. When I look at the orientation of these shocks on my 72, they are not truly horizontal. There is the end that is lower with the stamp that says "bottom ". Now it seems to me that a "horizontal" shock would be stamped with left, right, forward, aft but not bottom. Bottom infers a "vertical" installation to me.
The bottom means it won't collect and store water.

If you put the bottom on top, water will collect and ruin the shock shaft.

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Hi, this is what it looks like with a shock installed correctly and another shock installed in-correctly. [or upside down, on a horizontal mount] Note: it has been corrected.
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Hi, this is what it looks like with a shock installed correctly and another shock installed in-correctly. [or upside down, on a horizontal mount] Note: it has been corrected.
Hi Bob, if I remember correctly from an earlier post wasn't the incorrect mount on the right from the factory?

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Hi Bob, if I remember correctly from an earlier post wasn't the incorrect mount on the right from the factory?

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Hi, Dan. Yes both rear axle shocks were in-correctly installed at the factory, but Airstream sent to me, two brand new shocks, for free.
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I received the new shocks I ordered from OODM. They have the following stamped on them

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Made in Mexico Q10226
610816

I'm sure with those numbers Monroe, Bilstein, KYB, Koni or another manufacturer can cross reference a suitable shock for this application.
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These shocks were made specifically for Airstream and only sold to Airstream.I am not aware of any other shock that is the correct length etc.
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I received the new shocks I ordered from OODM. They have the following stamped on them

Gabriel
Made in Mexico Q10226
610816

I'm sure with those numbers Monroe, Bilstein, KYB, Koni or another manufacturer can cross reference a suitable shock for this application.
There is "no" cross reference shock, that will properly replace the Airstream shock absorber..

Schu is the parts and service director at Airstream.

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It is "not" an Airstream shock. It is a Gabriel shock.
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It is "not" an Airstream shock. It is a Gabriel shock.
BUT, it's only available from Airstream, or an Airstream dealer.

No one, absolutely no one, can buy them from Gabriel, EXCEPT Airstream.

And since it was designed for Airstream, at Airstreams request, that pretty much makes it an Airstream only part.

Hence the name.

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You can call it whatever makes you happy. To me, it's a Gabriel shock because it is stamped with Gabriel.
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