Well, I went to the extreme example to dig for the rational for why different shocks would be more likely to transfer more or less force to the bolt and cross member. It seems like you are saying that different shocks may absorb differently and hence may transfer forces differently. If that is the case, we are in agreement.
Originally Posted by Gangplank
Huh? Not a great example. More like comparing two different rubber mallets. If you hit hard enough to fully compress the rubber mallet... Then theoretically one that is more absorbant would transfer less force than one that is less. If you put on a different shock with a stiffer spring it will transfer mire force. If it stiffer and very progressive... It will absorb, sure but it will also transfer more forces than less stiff and less progressive up to the point of bottoming out. At bottoming the one that is fully compressed transfers more.