Originally Posted by taxdude
What is the difference between a vertical shock and a horizontal shock? On my 73 Overlander the shock is mounted at about a 45 degree angle. Is this vertical? The shocks that are currently on there are made by Sears and are obviously quite old. I removed one of them without having to bend anything to get it off, and it does appear to be quite worn. A local auto parts dealer has a Monroe gas shock that is almost an exact match for the Sears shock except that it is beefier. Any thoughts on this?
Sears "DOES NOT" have the proper shock that replaces the Airstream horizontal shock. For that matter, no one else does either.
The correct shock, for your 73, is a horizontal shock, and it's only available from an Airstream dealer.
The difference is the valving.