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Old 06-26-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Shocks and absorbing differences

Finding a replacement shock for my 54 Flying Cloud has been quite the challenge. The guys at NAPA helped me pick out one that fits, but while I'm waiting to receive the shocks I've questioned the way the old Airstream shocks work.

Mine compress easily and the "absorbing" actuation works on extending motion. I did find another thread post mentioning this attribute on the older models, but is it important for the Airstream suspension to work this way?

I'm aware that if I get one that absorbs the compression it will change the absorbing rate and could do so to the degree that it causes damage to the frame or mounting components. Also, I believe it's gas and not hydraulic, so I'm thinking this may be entirely the wrong shock for my application...

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Old 06-27-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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Gas shocks add stiffness or more resistance to movement in addition to the hydrillacs in the shock. In the 50's this technology did not exist and neither did radial tires.

I would want a more traditional shock for a vertical application in a vintage RV.


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Old 06-27-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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Thank you for confirming my suspicion. I'll look for hydraulic shocks, and hopefully find one that compresses without resistance.
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