The piston rod is mounted down. It seems to be easy to find aftermarket shocks with the same specs, the problem is finding aftermarket shocks with the "lock" feature. You can adjust the shock however you want by depressing the handlebar mounted lever. After you adjust it to your desired setting, you release the lever, and it locks to this position.I guess my first question would be as follows;
Is the piston rod mounted down or up????
Mounted down with the boot and rod on the bottom it would keep
the water from pooling on the shock absorber wiper seal and it would drain away
With the rod mounted upright the water would pool on the shoulder of of the
shock absorber between the rod and inside the boot and the edge of the shock
absorbers barrel housing.
Perhaps a simple change of shock absorber brands to a higher quality shock absorber from a motor cycle brand would solve this issue since it is a "sealed gas" operated shock absorber????
If the machine is out of warranty I would not hesitate to take the old shock absorber to an automotive parts supplier to find an identical replacement for it as a shock like this is not a one all one only for a beautiful blue snow blower
All they need to do is match the barrel diameter, extended length, the rod diameter and thread size and the bushing eye diameter.
It could be as simple as finding an equivalent go cart or golf cart shock absorber for these beautiful blue snow blowers to replace the faulty ones for under $80.00.
Many people have experienced both shock and lock failure. Others have experienced shock failure only, while others have experienced lock failure only.
The main issue is this is a $300 +/- dealer only item to replace. In all honesty, this item shouldn't be priced at more than $40.
Item 3 in the diagram below is the shock.