Originally Posted by DFK
Thanks for the Henschen shock mounting info Fred. My 67 California Caravel appears to be the exception that proves the rule. The shocks are vertically mounted. I am guessing they had a few of the older style axle left over and used what they had. From what I have read elsewhere, I think the use of previous model year components is probably not an unusual occurrence especially in "transition years" when a new feature or component is introduced.
and prior axles used "vertical shock brackets."
Research has shown that there was a variation on the exact location of those brackets, especially on the smaller trailers.
It therefore was deemed necessary for the older trailer shock brackets, to be installed in the field.
No preparation is necessary, nor is any water cool down necessary, in order to "in the field" install those shock brackets.
Henschen axles are warranted by them and Inland RV Center, Inc, that you "cannot harm" the rubber rods, by welding the shock brackets on in the field, unless you used a torch to do the welding.
Please note in the photo's that we have posted in our web site, that the axles are assembled, with "no" shock brackets on the torsion arms.
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In fact, the shock brackets are welded on, by Henschen, even to this day, "after" the axle has been assembled.
It is easier to install the shock brackets in the field when necessary, instead of cutting brackets off, grinding the surfaces down, and then welding them in the location best suited for that particulat trailer.
Again, there was a "HUGE" variation as to the location of the shock brackets on 1968
and older axles, especially on the Bambi and Caravel models.
Records do not exist, as to the location of the shock brackets on the 1968
and older axles.
Therefore it is wise to eliminate the problem, by field installing the brackets.