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Old 07-29-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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New Fox Evolution series shocks

Does anyone have the new fox evolution series shocks, i'd like some actual real word opinions about them before deciding..
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I have the 2.0 performance series shocks on mine with my 2.5 teraflex coil lift. Not really sure what the difference between the performance series and the evolution series is (honestly seems like the aluminum house and coating on them is different not sure what else tho). I would have to imagine the valving on them is similar.

So far they have proved to be a very nice shock. They are a little on the stiff side for everyday driving (note I also have E rated tires which doesn't help) but fell pretty good overall. The jeep always feels great on rough or choppy roads (I run washboards all the time at work) I can run washboards as fast as I would like with no fade at all. I have been happy with their performance in that aspect.

With that said if I were to do it over again I would probably grab a set of rancho 9000s. The fox are just a little to stiff for my taste the adjustable option on the ranchos would solve that issue.

Its not bad enough for me to swap them out just something to keep in mind.

Hope this helps if you have any other questions I will do my best to help out.



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The Fox Evolution shocks were introduced to directly compete with the Bilstein 5100. To reduce the price (match the Bilsteins) they are not rebuildable like the original Fox Factory Performance series shocks.

Fox makes really good shocks but the Bilstein's have been around for a while, so Fox has their work cut out for the Evolutions.
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Does anyone have the new fox evolution series shocks, i'd like some actual real word opinions about them before deciding..
I'd like to hear some feedback as well. It appears by the overviews and press releases they redesigned and re-valved the Performance Series shock to remove on-road harshness.

I would consider them if in fact they performed to my liking. I don't like harsh rides for a daily driver. I like Fox products... raced with Fox air shocks on my Maico in the 70's. Nothing compared at the time.

This new Evo series looks promising for more on-road applications.

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I'd like to hear some feedback as well. It appears by the overviews and press releases they redesigned and re-valved the Performance Series shock to remove on-road harshness.

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Re valving will do the trick, but simply dropping the pressure will also soften the ride. You'll need a tank of nitrogen, gauges and a no loss air chuck. It's not that expensive.

Most if not all high performance shocks should be recharged every so often due to slow bleeding over time. My Kings slowly lose nitrogen. I think it's just the nature of the beast...
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I'd like to hear some feedback as well. It appears by the overviews and press releases they redesigned and re-valved the Performance Series shock to remove on-road harshness.

I would consider them if in fact they performed to my liking. I don't like harsh rides for a daily driver. I like Fox products... raced with Fox air shocks on my Maico in the 70's. Nothing compared at the time.

This new Evo series looks promising for more on-road applications.

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If this is true that would be nice because like I said the performance shock are a bit on the stuff side. Good shock tho.
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Seems very little info is available.
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I have the Fox shocks that come with the Mopar Stage 3 lift. I test drove a JKU with the Mopar stage 2 (I think it uses Bilsteins) and the Fox setup is WAAYYY better, still kinda stiff. It will be perfect once I add bumpers though. I am in love with the remote res setup and the TF speed bumps on mine. I ran a desert trail last weekend at 50mph and it was as smooth as can be The last time I ran that trail was in my 05 Nissan Titan with 6" lift and coilovers. The JK would have smoked that setup.
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Thanks for the info guys........
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I have the 2.0 performance series shocks on mine with my 2.5 teraflex coil lift. Not really sure what the difference between the performance series and the evolution series is (honestly seems like the aluminum house and coating on them is different not sure what else tho). I would have to imagine the valving on them is similar.

So far they have proved to be a very nice shock. They are a little on the stiff side for everyday driving (note I also have E rated tires which doesn't help) but fell pretty good overall. The jeep always feels great on rough or choppy roads (I run washboards all the time at work) I can run washboards as fast as I would like with no fade at all. I have been happy with their performance in that aspect.

With that said if I were to do it over again I would probably grab a set of rancho 9000s. The fox are just a little to stiff for my taste the adjustable option on the ranchos would solve that issue.

Its not bad enough for me to swap them out just something to keep in mind.

Hope this helps if you have any other questions I will do my best to help out.
Wish I would have seen this before I spent so much money on my lift and shocks. If I could do it over again, I would definitely get an entire kit as opposed to getting RK coil lift with Fox Shocks. Definitely not liking that stiff ride at all...in fact, for the roads in NY I find it skips entirely too much and makes me wobble side to side in my seat often.

No, not a bad shock. But I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a daily driver.
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Whether you are talking about Jeeps, cars, bicycles or any other vehicle, performance and comfort are a tradeoff. The Fox shocks are clearly designed for performance and advertised as such. They do offer adjustable compression on the external reservoirs. They are also rebuildable and can be tuned with softer valving.

This is why the 9000XLs are popular. They are not really a performance shock but the have 9 settings for those that prefer a more complaint ride. Some of the TF shocks also offer good ride quality.
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I am definitely and desperately seeking comfort. It would be a shame to have to take these off and sell them. Is this revavle truly possible? Can anyone do that or do I need a "specialist" mechanic.

Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread...but it IS about FOX shocks.
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I have the Fox shocks that come with the Mopar Stage 3 lift. I test drove a JKU with the Mopar stage 2 (I think it uses Bilsteins) and the Fox setup is WAAYYY better, still kinda stiff. It will be perfect once I add bumpers though. I am in love with the remote res setup and the TF speed bumps on mine. I ran a desert trail last weekend at 50mph and it was as smooth as can be The last time I ran that trail was in my 05 Nissan Titan with 6" lift and coilovers. The JK would have smoked that setup.
Nice to hear they perform well at speed offroad. I just installed a RE lift with Fox remote res shocks. They are a little stiff but not that bad in my opinion.
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I put these shocks on with my 2.5'' RK triple rate lift, but mine are BDS revalved. They are not stiff at all on the road. For the small amount its been off road (trails and unimproved back roads) I've gone really slow, so can't comment on any harshness the Fox BDS 2.0 may deliver off road.
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I put these shocks on with my 2.5'' RK triple rate lift, but mine are BDS revalved. They are not stiff at all on the road. For the small amount its been off road (trails and unimproved back roads) I've gone really slow, so can't comment on any harshness the Fox BDS 2.0 may deliver off road.
Both BDS and TF tune this shock well for a JK.
I can't comment on BDS but the TF ones I ran were not harsh.
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Fox makes really good shocks , have ran them for years on my race atv's..I was looking to purchase a set for one of my jeeps soon , from what i'm reading i might have to have them revalved to soften them up a bit which is fine..I have always liked their products , i also like the rancho 9000 shocks they are on my TJ now and have been great so far..
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I am definitely and desperately seeking comfort. It would be a shame to have to take these off and sell them. Is this revavle truly possible? Can anyone do that or do I need a "specialist" mechanic.

Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread...but it IS about FOX shocks.
Call FOX and see if they can point you to a shop near you that'll re-valve them. If you have to mail them some place, then it gets to be a hassle.
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I am definitely and desperately seeking comfort. It would be a shame to have to take these off and sell them. Is this revavle truly possible? Can anyone do that or do I need a "specialist" mechanic.

Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread...but it IS about FOX shocks.
Fox has documentation on how to revalve. It's a little time consuming but not overly difficult. You'll also need to find all of the different materials to rebuild them when you're done. Meaning oil and nitrogen and possibly some seals. It's a simple matter of rebuilding the shim stacks, testing, tearing everything apart, rebuilding again, testing, etc. So it can be a bit frustrating in that regard. But you'll get lots of practice tearing your shocks apart!
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I will definitely mess up that revavle so I'm going to call FOX and hope they have a nearby shop in NY. Also, I'll ask my guy if he does that, but he's got a modest shop and works alone.

Thanks guys! Again, sorry for the Hijack. I forever hold my peace.
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I will definitely mess up that revavle so I'm going to call FOX and hope they have a nearby shop in NY. Also, I'll ask my guy if he does that, but he's got a modest shop and works alone. Thanks guys! Again, sorry for the Hijack. I forever hold my peace.
Somebody in the TJ Section revalves shocks.
I know his valving is highly sought after with the TJ guys.
I will see if I can find out who he is.

Fox I heard is a pain in the a** to work with. #1 reason I sold my Fox shocks. Did not want to deal with rebuilding.
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yeah, one thing to look at are the bds or teraflex tuned fox 2.0 performance series shocks. my understanding is that they're softer because both those companies prefer stiffer coils and softer shocks for a daily driver setup, Metal cloak also does this so they recommend the BDS 2.0 series to as they have similar springs.

I just wish there was more reviews on them ahaha, I'm torn between the BDS valved fox shocks or the ranchos.

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