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What are the limitations for using hydraulic vs. mechanical snubbers? Displacements? Frequencies?

Typically, mechanical snubbers are not suitable for out door applications. Secondarily, hydraulic snubbers have more options as far as the available strokes. Frequency response and displacement wise, there is no difference between hydro/mechanical snubbers.

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