FOX Shocks and Suspension
FOX is a legend when it comes to shock technology. They do it right, and they've been doing it right for thirty plus years. Starting out in 1974, Bob Fox began the first prototypes of what would late ... read more
FOX is a legend when it comes to shock technology. They do it right, and they've been doing it right for thirty plus years. Starting out in 1974, Bob Fox began the first prototypes of what would later be dubbed FOX AirShox on a Maico dirt bike being built in a friend's garage. From their roots in motorcycles, FOX has grown their expertise into nearly anything automotive and powersports, from snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATV's, off-road cars and trucks, and even bicycles. If it has wheels and can play offroad, FOX has an application.
FOX is continually raising the bar in each of their sectors with a fleet of sponsored riders and racers that allow their shocks to be pushed to the limits, and then determining ways to make the product even better for each application. Fox team members have stood atop the podiums in every sport they have competed in. What this means to you is that you get a race-proven component that can withstand extreme abuse, even if you're using it for novice level activities.
FOX SHOCKS FOR TRUCKS
Does Fox make shocks for trucks? You bet they do! While Fox does not make complete suspension systems, they do manufacture a fleet of varying shock options for both stock height trucks, as well as lifted. You’ll even find Fox Shocks coming as included standard equipment in numerous lift kits. Beyond varying lift heights, Fox has a few different options when it comes to selecting the right shocks for your truck.
FOX SHOCKS 2.0
In terms of the various levels of shocks that Fox builds, things start out with their Performance Series. The Performance Series are a range of 2.0” diameter shocks available in IFP (Internal Floating Piston) monotube, remote reservoir, and coil over depending on the application. These are our most popular option because of their wide range of fitments, quality, and price. Beyond the Performance Series, you’ll find the Performance Elite Series that feature 2.5” diameter shock bodies and larger shafts to deliver a higher level of confidence and performance in more off-road situations. Finally, Fox rounds things off in their Factory Race Series with 2.5 and 3.0” bodies and a ton of cool features to help you go VERY fast off road.
FOX SHOCKS FOR F-250
The Ford F-250 SuperDuty is one of the most popular vehicles to upgrade with a set of Fox Shocks and/or steering stabilizer. For the most part Ford did a good job of carrying over the fitment of their shocks over numerous model years. For instance, the 1999-2016 all have the same rear shock and 2005-2016 the same front. That’s a HUGE range! Or you can step up your steering stabilizer to one of the Fox 2.0 Performance Series or really go big with a Fox Factory Series ATS that features a passthrough body for the shaft, meaning you get equal pressure in both directions!
RAM 2500 FOX SHOCKS
Another very popular vehicle upgraded with Fox Shocks is the Ram 2500. For the 1994-2013 Ram 2500’s, they were also all the same fitment both front and rear shocks, carrying through the 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen, and even 4th Gen series Rams.
FOX RACING SHOCKS
Racing or not, Fox has a series of Race series shocks intended for those of us really pushing our suspension to the limits or merely demand the very best suspension performance. Complementing a proper suspension system with the right shocks can and will make all of the difference in the ride quality and overall suspension performance.
SHOP FOX SUSPENSION AND SHOCKS AT DPP!
We at Diesel Power Products carry a wide range of Fox Shocks and Steering Stabilizers. If you’re having trouble determining which set of Fox Shocks is right for you and your truck, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send an e-mail and we would be happy to help!
Q: Why are the shock bodies aluminum? Wouldn't steel be stronger?
A: One of the biggest issues with steel bodied shocks is they rust. When they do rust, besides being unsightly, they're also more notorious for breaking down near the seal where the shaft enters the body leading to a leak in the shock. Because aluminum does not rust, the shocks will not degrade and will inherestly last longer and look better doing it.
Q: What does IFP stand for?
A: Internal Floating Piston. This floating piston separates high pressure nitrogen on one side of the shock from oil on the other.
Q: What is a coilover? Can I install coilovers in place of my coil springs?
A: A coilover is basically a shock with a coil spring built into one....basically. Lets take the front of a 1994+ Ram as an example. This truck has a coil spring with a shock either inside of the coil spring or next to the coil spring (depending on the year) that are actually independent of one another, but obviously work in unison. The coilover shock combines these two into a single piece that mounts as one unit. Further, most aftermarket coilover shocks are adjustable to allow for changes in ride height. Now, the all important question - can you swap out your coil springs for coilovers? Anything is possible, but no, this is not a direct swap situation. However, there are several companies that do make conversion kits that have purpose built coilovers that actually do bolt in place of coil springs. Alternatively, you would need to remove the coil buckets, install upper coil over mounts, and a few other things to make that achievable.
Q: Will installing Fox shocks in place of my stock shocks improve my ride quality?
A: Yes. Oh, you want more of an explanation? Fox uses superior materials with a larger investment in the overall ride quality and long term performance of their shocks. The Internal Floating Piston design is also superior to some of the inferior designs still used by some automakers in order to reduce costs.
Q: I don' take my truck off road, can I install Fox shocks and will it still improve my ride quality?
A: Yes, you can definitely still install Fox shocks and yes, even when used on nothing but flat, paved surfaces, you'll still notice an improvement in ride quality that can be immediately felt. Quality shocks really do make a difference.
Q: Whats the poitn of a remote reservoir shock?
A: The reason for a remote reservoir shock compared to a monotube is that it allows for the piston and nitrogen charge to be stored remotely, leaving the entire shock body to perform the duties of piston travel, allowing for increased shock travel. Basically, with an IFP shock, the shaft can only travel so far before it would run into the piston separating the nitrogen from the oil. With a remote reservoir, it moves all of that out of the way and now the entire shock body can be used for the rod to move in.