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Old 01-30-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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Wires on front shocks question

I have a 2003 Damon Escper 4076. Can anyone tell me what the wires are for on the front shocks and are they necessary. They connect from the top of shock to the bottom frame? Thanks for any info.
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Never seen such a thing but it might be possible that it would be to protect the shock from being over extended if the leveling jacks raised the front wheels off the ground. Just a guess.

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Old 01-30-2012, 07:21 PM   #3
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If you have air bags installed, I would suspect that the wires are to limit the shock travel to prevent stretching and rupturing the air bags,
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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Yep.. they are to prevent over extension of your shocks... leave them on.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:07 AM   #5
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How can a wire from the TOP of a shock to the FRAME protect against over extension????? The top of the shock IS ATTACHED to the frame. To protect from over extension a heavy steel cable would have to go from the frame to the axle. I would have to guess that it is a path for static electricity and supplies a path between the axles and the frame that bypass the upper rubber shocks mounts.
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doh.. Somehow I read ".. top of shock to arm.." my bad...
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Mike is on the right track. Strongly suspect a previous owner "bonded" all the metal parts together. Most likley to reduce, or eliminate static noise in radio gear. I could not see the pix, but wonder, is it wire, or braid??
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Can not see the pic.. Is there a PIC, in fact Please post a PIC.

I do know about bonding for radio interference control, But I don't think it's needed.
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I will be the first one to simply say I do not know the purpose of the wire. However, I would suggest that you find an identical model RV and see if it has the wire, and if so ask that owner. If not than a previous owner added it and a couple of the previous people might be correct.

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Just a guess but could they have installed air shocks and the line is the air line to pump them up?
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Another guess, could they be leftover shipping wires?

I remember seeing some new shocks in a box with wires keeping them compressed until they were installed, then I think the wires were cut. It would be easier to install if they were partially compressed.
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Normally used on gas filled shocks and the straps are plastic and they wouldn't be attached to the frame
.. The shipping straps are not used on gas filled Bilsteins. I wish they were
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Normally used on gas filled shocks and the straps are plastic and they wouldn't be attached to the frame
.. The shipping straps are not used on gas filled Bilsteins. I wish they were
I installed about 5 sets of Bilsteins on our DSDP. I just used a small jack to compress them.
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I want to thank all of you for your input. I talked with a Tech at Bilstien and he informed me that the wires are connected to the height control and it also helps control side dips and floating. The height adjustment should be checked every six months or so. There is a switch on the dash that controls this. Again thank you.
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