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Posted: 12/03/19 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine were not.
08 Cedar Creek. 34 foot.
With new springs under it the original shocks had only 1/2 to 3/4 inch of compression travel left! This with no fluids on board.
There is a total of 4 inches of travel and Monroe says we should have at least 60 % compression available for impact. And the more vertical the mount the more you utilize the shock.
My shocks are mounted at about 45 degrees. Of course the closer to horizontal they become ...they would be even more useless.

Mine had been acting as a limiting factor bottoming out when the wheel goes up and driving the metal washer over the nut on the shock tube.
Effectively providing no shock absorbing at all.

The shock then and it’s mounts lifting the trailer on an impact....instead of the springs.
Nuts.
Where is quality control?


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Posted: 12/03/19 12:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have seen many out there mounted nearly horizontal. Totally useless.


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Posted: 12/03/19 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Who is idiot clown who installed it?

Lived without it for years. This post may discourage me to have those installed in my new unit.

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Posted: 12/03/19 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ll point out that there are shocks meant to be installed horizontally, though tases obviously are not, but the lack of travel is inexcusable- it should never bottom out on the shock.


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Posted: 12/03/19 01:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is how my shocks are mounted (a little hard to see, but that's the shock behind the suspension link).

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Posted: 12/03/19 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chris Bryant wrote:

I’ll point out that there are shocks meant to be installed horizontally, though tases obviously are not, but the lack of travel is inexcusable- it should never bottom out on the shock.
Yeah, horizontal shocks will work if they're designed for the position, and there is the correct linkage. Many motorcycle shocks are mounted horizontally, with the corresponding linkage to work correctly.


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Posted: 12/03/19 01:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bicycle shocks are horizontal.

But without a play, it's basically useless.

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Posted: 12/03/19 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"But without a play, it's basically useless."

Whaaaaa?

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Posted: 12/03/19 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Second , that looks like a whole new suspension. And the right kind too.

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Posted: 12/03/19 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Torsion axles don’t really need shocks and shocks are not ment to bottom out. That’s why our trucks have bump stops front and rear.





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