Thank you for the update.Alright so the Monroe shock came in yesterday.
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Long story short... close but no cigar. Was worth the try!
The very difference in size for the mounting points gave me a hard time but could be done.
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I was able to force it onto the front mounting point but then quickly realized that the shroud would be in the way. Not really a big deal as it could be cut off & that's what I did as you can see in the above pictures.
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Where it all fell apart was when I went to put it back together.
Hard to explain, but since the OEM shock had the slight tapers on the tube, it gave the slightest bit more room for the spring to let the pointed part that goes into the cylinder line up to go where it's supposed to. The slightly bigger mounting point up front also restricted it's movement. I tried for about an hour all kinds of different things to get it in with no luck. I think if the master cylinder was removed that it would be done that way... but I wasn't willing to go that far. Brakes are bled & working so I don't want to mess with that.
For the time being, I'm just going to keep the shock out & the pin in so the brakes are just locked out.
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May tackle it again to see if I can get it to work at some point. Might just order the expensive part if I get some other projects taken care of.
On a bright note, I'm a little closer to getting my tank! Once I get it mounted up, I need to decide if I want to go woodland with the stuff put on the trailer or sand with the trailer to make everything match....
It is appreciated.
You are one of many that have tried to use a different, cheaper shock only to realize it will not work.
The original design shock is probably so expensive because it’s the only one that will fit that surge assembly correctly.
Sucks, but it is what it is.