After you get them on the Jeep and hit a few salty roads, won't they start to look corroded pretty quickly anyhow? I would think they would get some kind of white-ish patina on them like aluminum sometimes gets, but I'd think that's just on the surface. I've never been one to wash my shock absorbers. Mine were white when I installed them but they're pretty dingy looking now. If they corrode, they corrode.
On the other hand, maybe they're old and have been sitting on the shelf a long time?
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