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Old 02-27-2020, 07:32 PM   #1
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Shock Mounts for 32 degree down angle axles

We are getting new Dexter axles. They will be model #11 axles with 12" drums and a 32 degree down starting angle on the swing arm.

With the additional downward positioning of the swing arm, would the Airstream shock mount stud for the shock be too low causing the shock to hit the axle tube? Especially considering the full rotation of the axle swing arm.

Airstream shocks are "horizontal" and attached to the Airstream frame on the leading side of the axle. The shocks are attached to the axle on the swing arm trailing side of the axle. The increased down angle will increase the distance between the two shock mount studs, and reduce the height of the swing arm shock mount bracket stud. Maybe the shock will hit the axle tube.

The photo shows a new 22.5 down start angle axle. It shows the shock mounting points. Maybe you can imagine what happens to the shock if the down angle is increased to 32 degrees down. Maybe there is a special shock mounting bracket that needs welded on the swing arm for 32 degree down start angle axles.

Anyone have shock mount troubles and solutions with a 32 degree down start angle axle?

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I dont believe the 32* drop will close that clearance very much. 1/4" at the most. Pic.looks to have in excess of an inch?
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Thanks for the reply. Maybe I'm over thinking this. It just seemed close to me and I don't know if others had modified or redesigned the shock mount to raise the mounting stud.

Any others with experience with 32 degree down starting axles?

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