Originally Posted by JKnight
Andy just curious, what purpose do the shocks serve on a torsion axle?
Shock absorbers are inappropriately named. In a suspension system, the shock absorbing is done by the springs or torsion bands in the case of an Airstream suspension.
The function of the shock absorbers is to dampen the springs, so that one bump won't cause a long roller coaster effect. Not surprisingly, you can observed what shocks are meant to correct, by watching an automobile with bad shocks go over a bumpy road.
As a matter of fact, what I consider to be shock is actually increased by shock absorbers. This is because the shock absorber impedes the spring's initial reaction to a bump.