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Old 02-23-2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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On to axles

I removed an axle for measurement tomorrow. I'm going with Dexter, $410 each plus tax, no shipping.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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I installed the new converter today, and ordered axles. They may be here as soon as the 4th of march. I cant wait to put them in!
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Now that is a good deal. Glad that it's working out for you!
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lahrfarm,
I got about the same deal with Dexter. The axle came exactly as ordered -measurements were perfect. No problems with installation either. Had to pick them up at the local dealership. The only problem was waitin for them to arrive!
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Only problem I've had so far was getting the guy to understand why I did'nt want 5000# axles. I thought he was'nt going to order them for me for a few min.
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Will you get new wheels too?
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Had'nt planed on it. The old ones are in good shape and should fit, I think.
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Apparently the original wheels aren't split rim.
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No, just regular rims.
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Can anyone tell me what type or even brand/part# the shocks are?
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Do the shocks do anything on a torsion axle?
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Monroe gasmatic 555003 I believe are the correct replacements for horizontal applications.
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The subject of shock absorbers has been heavily discussed here on the forums and the VAP. I think it's a toss up. If you have them installed, they won't make the ride any worse.
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Thanks Top, I will probably put them on, I've gone this far might as well finish. Oriely auto has them local, that was a surprise!
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Thanks Top, I will probably put them on, I've gone this far might as well finish. Oriely auto has them local, that was a surprise!
The correct part number for the Airstream horizontal shocks is 0220003.

Use caution when using a shock that does not have a known stiffness, as one that is too stiff could cause a shock beacket to shear off.

When in doubt, using the OEM part, puts you back to original, safely.

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There is no doubt. Those are the correct Monroe gasmatic shocks. I got that number from Colin Hyde. An Airstream number is just a number. Since Airstream doesn't manufacture shocks that I'm aware of, I'm sure it's just a number that will cross reference to a Monroe, Bilstein or KYB part number.
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There is no doubt. Those are the correct Monroe gasmatic shocks. I got that number from Colin Hyde. An Airstream number is just a number. Since Airstream doesn't manufacture shocks that I'm aware of, I'm sure it's just a number that will cross reference to a Monroe, Bilstein or KYB part number.
Airstream uses a Gabriel shock.

Many non Airstream dealers, use all kinds of different products, since they cannot purchase from Airstream as a dealer.

They may or may not be using the correct replacement part.

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I dont believe I've ever heard of a funcioning shock being so stiff it could shear a bolt that is the correct size for that shocks collar. I know Monroe is a good product, and I'm sure both brands will perform well. My old ones are solid as a rock, I'm sure this will be better!
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I will disagree with Monroe being a good shock maybe a few years back (more then 5yrs) but Now there cheap and not worth the trouble. I have had to replace several of there shocks that were less then a year old and under 10k miles on them (automotive)
if you buy them keep your receipt you will most likely need to warranty at least one of them.
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