Dirt Sports + Off-Road 2015 Shock Guide

    Shockingly Easy Upgrades

    Jaime HernandezPhotographer, Writer

    One of the hardest-working suspension components in an off-road vehicle is its shock absorber. They help control the suspension and ride dynamics, while also giving drivers super powers to race across choppy terrain, survive big hits, and even take ground-pounding jumps most would never ponder. Without quality performance off-road shocks, most vehicles would not last long in the dirt. In fact, it’s very likely original equipment components would fail, sending your truck down the road bouncing like a pogo stick. This also holds true for racing applications. Having the right shocks for the job and knowing how to set them up will do wonders come race day. To help Dirt Sports + Off-Road has put together a collection of the latest off-road shocks for truck, prerunner, and race vehicles sure to keep you in control.

    King 4.5 Pure Race Series Bypass Shock
    King’s Pure Race series bypass shocks offer performance and adjustability, using only the finest materials to ensure the race-winning ride and quality that King is known for. Each bypass shock is custom-made, with options available for quantity and location of bypass tubes. King’s extensive fluid dynamics knowledge was utilized when designing their ported, cold-drawn 2024 billet aluminum piston. King Pure Race series shocks feature Teflon bronze wear band, Viton O-rings, carbon composite wiper seals, and stainless alloy heat-treated valve shim—all designed to remain stable at high racing temperatures. The 1.25-inch diameter shock shaft is induction hardened to 60-65 Rockwell, hard chrome plated and micro-polished to a 3 RMS mirror finish to protect against rock bruising. King Pure Race series shocks are available in various lengths, with over 30 different shock options to choose from.
    King Off-Road Shocks
    (714) 530-8701, www.kingshocks.com

    After four years in development, ARB’s team at Old Man Emu (OME) has just released a new suspension system—the OME BP-51. Bringing racing technology to everyday applications, the BP-51 (bypass 51mm diameter bore) shock absorbers feature revolutionary, patent-pending technology developed to deliver unparalleled on- and off-road performance. This new design combines considerable ride comfort around town with significant amounts of end zone damping for exceptional chassis control and handling off-road. Damping is easily adjustable across a wide range in both rebound and compression. Developed and tested extensively in some of Australia’s most rugged environments, these big-bore, position sensitive bypass shock absorbers with remote reservoirs are designed to be fitted without any need for vehicle modification.
    (866) 293-9078, www.arbusa.com

    ADS Monstrous 5.25 Bypass
    ADS Racing Bypass shocks offer big suspension adjustability and cooling power. They rocked the off-road nation with the introduction of the largest diameter bypass shock to date—the ADS Monstrous. This 5.25-inch diameter, five-tube bypass shock was developed after off-road short course racers complained of overheating other shocks on the market. ADS set out to design a larger, stronger, cooler racing bypass shock. The ADS Monstrous has oil capacity of 2.5 gallons, significantly increasing cooling capacity by volume. Reliability is ensured by only using the highest-grade racing shock components.
    ADS Racing Shocks
    (520) 748-0005 www.adsshocks.com

    FOX 2.5 Factory Series
    FOX 2.5 Factory Series Reservoir shocks give you enhanced ride quality and the control you need when heading off the pavement. They take their design from FOX Offroad race shocks, so they’ve been thoroughly perfected in brutal conditions. Anodized aluminum external reservoirs allow for increased oil and nitrogen capacity while delivering a striking race look. Dual Speed Compression (DSC) adjuster gives remarkable versatility and precise tuning. A simple twist of either two adjuster knobs allows 12 separate low-speed and 10 high-speed compression levels. FOX’s complete line of bolt-on Factory Series shocks provide improved damping in any terrain.
    (619) 768-1800, www.ridefox.com

    Sway-A-Way Ford Raptor 3.0 Shock Kit
    Sway-A-Way now offers larger diameter bolt-in replacement shocks for the Ford SVT Raptor. The race-inspired 3-inch OEM replacement suspension kit uses a front remote reservoir coilover and rear piggyback three-tube bypass shock. Larger reservoirs are used to maximum nitrogen and oil capacity, leading to better damping control and a plush ride. Sway-A-Way OEM series shocks are specifically engineered for daily driven trucks, while also having the ability to tackle the most extreme terrain. The 3.0 Raptor Shock kit comes with specific valving for ’10-and-newer Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. All Sway-A-Way shocks are rebuildable, adjustable, and tunable.
    (818) 700-9712, www.swayaway.com

    Radflo 3.0 Bypass Piggyback Shock
    The Radflo 3.0 Bypass race shock provides damping customization for the most demanding off-road conditions. Multi-stage compression and rebound damping characteristics can be independently customized to suit your vehicle setup and driving preferences. Radflo shocks use Nitro Steel rods (available in 7/8 and 1-inch diameters) and slippery bronze rod guides. Its multi-direction, triple-lip sealing system prevents oil contamination while ensuring excellent gas and oil retention. Radflo shocks are completely rebuildable, serviceable, and tunable. These four-tube bypass, piggyback race shocks are available in 14 and 16-inch travel sizes.
    Radflo Suspension Technology
    (714) 965-7828, www.radflo.com

    Pro Comp Pro Runner Black Series
    Pro Comp’s new Pro Runner Black Series Coilovers use high-quality materials and are handcrafted for unmatched performance, no matter what terrain lies in your path. Black Series coilovers use large 2.75-inch monotube steel bodies that greatly increase fluid volume for superior cooling and allow for a larger piston and valve stack that increase control throughout the shock’s travel. The shock bodies are zinc plated, and then treated to a UV clearcoat and gloss polyurethane coating for long-lasting good looks, even in salty environments. Anodized black billet aluminum endcaps are found at each end of the coilovers and are fitted with Teflon-coated spherical bearings to eliminate binding. Coil springs come installed on the coilovers with an adjustable preload collar to fine-tune ride height. Current offerings cover popular applications including ’07-14 GM half-ton pickups, ’09-14 Ford F-150, ’07-14 Toyota Tundra, and ’05-14 Toyota Tacoma.
    Pro Comp
    (800) 776-0767, www.procompusa.com

    Metalcloak 6Pak Long-Travel Shocks
    MetalCloak 6Pak Long-Travel Shocks provide the longest shock travel relative to a compressed length for any off-road shock ever built. MetalCloak’s Floating Shock Body Technology (FST) provides a game-changing platform featuring parallel shafts extending from a floating body, centralized by dual opposing reservoirs. This revolutionary feature allows for twice the usual stoke over typical industry shocks. Each shock is dyno-tested to exact specs and is fully rebuildable. Shock applications are only limited by your imagination.
    (916) 631-8071, www.metalcloak.com

    King Toyota Oem Performance Kits
    King’s line of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) shock upgrade kits for Toyota trucks provide a bolt in suspension system that elevates on- and off-road performance to unmatched levels. Built with the same quality materials and precise tolerances found on King’s high-end race shocks, OEM upgrade kits enable drivers to experience the famous King ride quality in a daily driver or prerunner. Large 2.5-inch diameter shock bodies and external reservoirs dramatically increase fluid capacity and heat dissipation to provide sustained damping performance, even under the most punishing conditions. King OEM front kits provide up to a 25 percent increase in wheel travel and an adjustable ride height, while rear kits allow a 15 percent travel increase. Toyota applications include ’96-02 and ’10-and-newer 4Runner, ’96-04 and ’05-and-newer Tacoma, ’07-and-newer Tundra, ’06-and-newer FJ Cruiser, and ’08-and-newer Land Cruiser.
    King Off-Road Shocks
    (714) 530-8701, www.kingshocks.com

    F-O-A 2.5 Coilover
    F-O-A now offers an affordable 2.5-inch diameter coilover shock. It starts with a 2.5 DOM body with large ACME-machined thread to ease preload adjustment. Full billet aluminum top caps and lower rod ends with replaceable Heims are used, as well as plated and hardened chrome 7/8-inch shaft to ensure longevity. The billet seal head is set up with Buna-N seals (rated at 250 degrees F), a Viton seal upgrade also available (rated up to 400 degrees F). The large remote reservoir uses an internal floating piston to keep oil and air separated, ensuring more consistent performance and cooling. F-O-A coilovers are fully rebuildable, revalvable, and available in shock body lengths from 6 to 20 inches.
    First Over All (F-O-A)
    (855) 362-7469 www.f-o-a.com

    FOX 2.5 Performance Series Coilover
    FOX’s Offroad Performance Series Coilover shock with Reservoir takes advantage of tried-and-true FOX racing coilover design by incorporating features like a precision-machined aluminum body and locking spring preload rings. They offer easy ride height and preload adjustment, in addition to increased cooling capacity thanks to their aluminum construction (which doesn’t rust). FOX’s Offroad Performance Series Coilover shocks also retain top-quality racing coils, hand-selected to deliver optimal spring rate for your ride. FOX will suspend your vehicle’s weight and provide race-proven, performance damping technology to tame the toughest terrain. If you’re looking for a comfortable ride and predictable off-road handling, look no further.
    (619) 768-1800, www.ridefox.com

    Radflo 2.5 JK Bypass Shock
    Now you can have the same suspension technology in your Jeep that off-road race vehicles use with the new Radflo 2 Tube JK Bypass shock. Front and rear 2.5-inch diameter bypass shocks utilize Radflo’s racing shock design, blending velocity, and position sensitive valving for seamless damping and ride performance. Softer damping during initial travel maintains comfort and control, while firmer damping during the last few inches resists harsh bottoming out. The front shocks feature a piggyback remote reservoir, while the rear shocks use a remote reservoir with hose. Radflo JK Bypass shocks are a direct bolt in for the ’07-15 Jeep Wrangler JK and come with all the necessary hardware and bar pins for installation.
    Radflo Suspension Technology
    (714) 965-7828, www.radflo.com

    ADS Toyota Tundra Coilover
    The most effective suspension upgrade for your Toyota Tundra is adding performance front coil-overs. The ADS 2.5 bolt-in coil-over system is designed using the same race quality parts that are found in their ADS race shocks. ADS spends countless hours fine-tuning their suspension systems so they perform at levels that far exceed stock vehicle ride. The Toyota Tundra front suspension kit comes with front coilovers, reservoir brackets and all mounting hardware. ADS offers a variety of performance bolt-in upgrades for popular makes and models.
    ADS Racing Shocks
    (520) 748-0005, www.adsshocks.com

    ICON Ford Svt Raptor 3.0 Suspension System
    ICON Vehicle Dynamics doesn’t stop at off-road racing shocks, they engineer suspension systems. Their ICON Stage 2 System for the Ford SVT Raptor combines the ICON 3.0 Raptor Performance Shock System with their fully adjustable ICON Billet Uniball Upper Control Arms. ICON also uses true 3-inch main pistons that have robust features such as digressive rebound and flutter stack compression for outstanding control, great response, and unparalleled ride performance. To achieve even more control for extreme off-road use, ICON added an additional internal hydraulic system in the front shocks that produces the extreme forces required during the last 40 percent of travel to achieve maximum bottom out control. In the rear, the 3.0 ICON Zeta Shocks feature three tube External Bypass tubes and “Easy to Adjust” clicker knobs that can be adjusted in seconds, from plush off-road performance to firm on-road manners for tow or carving roads.
    ICON Vehicle Dynamics
    (951) 689-ICON (4266), www.iconvehicledynamics.com

    Pro Comp Pro Runner Shocks
    Pro Comp’s new line of Pro Runner and Pro Runner SS monotube shocks are engineered specifically for late-model trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs. At the heart of these shocks is a gas-charged monotube design that delivers superior performance compared to traditional twin tube shocks. Each shock features a 14mm hardened chrome shaft, a heavy-duty oil seal pack, 2-inch diameter shock body that is brushed, zinc-plated, and clearcoated for lasting performance and OE-style rubber bushings. All Pro Runner shocks are calibrated using Pro Comp’s exclusive Vehicle Specific Ride Tuning (VSRT). Pro Runner SS height adjustable spring seat monotube shocks are designed for late-model trucks equipped with coilover strut-style independent front suspensions. Whether you are towing a trailer or hitting whoops in the desert, you can count on Pro Comp Pro Runner shocks to give you confidence behind the wheel. Available for most popular applications including F-150, Super Duty, Silverado, 2500HD, Ram, Tundra, Wrangler, and more.
    Pro Comp
    (800) 776-0767, www.procompusa.com

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