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Re: Air Adjustable Shocks (OT)
Well I bought a set of gabriels from Carquest, when I got them home they werent an excact match, but I figured what the hell, Ill make them work, they had bar pins and were a bit longer than my stock shocks, they also came with no sleeves, so i needed to remove the antient ones from my old shocks and clean em up. This is not a fun job on a motorhome chasis, as I can barely fit under the damn thing and my ramps are at the furthest reaches of the U haul trailer, where they will remain untill I finally move to another project. So I modified my stock mounts and ran the air hoses, hooked everything up and charged them to 150 psi with on board air, then all of the sudden Psssssssttttt, the passenger side shock blew a seal. I called carquest, and they couldnt get another for a week. So I removed the shocks but left the air hoses and went to return them, they argued that I had modified the shocks, and they were pretty well distressed from the install and un install, and I did not return the air lines. I was pretty pissed about their attitude, and the argument only lasted about 30 seconds, and I walked out with my cash.
Went to NAPA, and bought a better quality shock for a few bucks more, but the hoses didnt interchnage, and I had to move my mounts back to the stock location. So after about 8 hours to install 2 shocks, the motor home has new air adjustable boingers. They seem to work great.
Thanks for the input.
Oh yeah the gabriels were $78
The NAPA version (no name brand, on the box, but the valves, and hose fittings look just like Ranchos) were $91
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