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Old 03-11-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Icon shocks

Anyone running Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks

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Old 03-11-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
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I don't think anybody here does. They're supposedly top notch but very expensive.
A few of us sent ICON a email asking about their jeep line. None of us got a response.

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Old 03-25-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Out of all the different suspensions I have ran in the past, the Icon stuff was the best. Easily tunable, adjustable, and the customer service is great. I hope to one day run them on my Wrangler.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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I ended up pairing the icon shocks with a Synergy 3" lift, and so far I am very impressed with the set up. The main reason I went with the Icons is because I run their shocks on my Ford F250 and they have been great.
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I've used their gear on a Chevy pickup and they make quality products but they are relatively new in the Jeep market. The dynamics of a Jeep are very different to a PU which highly over sprung in the rear so what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander.

In terms of the shocks, in that price range, IMO you are better off with Fox shocks or even better King shocks.
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I've used their gear on a Chevy pickup and they make quality products but they are relatively new in the Jeep market. The dynamics of a Jeep are very different to a PU which highly over sprung in the rear so what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander.

In terms of the shocks, in that price range, IMO you are better off with Fox shocks or even better King shocks.
King and Fox have been writing on their names for a long time, in my opinion.I would take ICON over both of those if given the choice.
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King and Fox have been writing on their names for a long time, in my opinion.I would take ICON over both of those if given the choice.
In my opinion Fox and King have not been riding on their names for a long time.

I researched all three, and spent my money with King. I wasn't disappointed.
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I used Icon shocks on a two door JK that had a long arm lift and 35s. The shock damping is very very controled, but very stiff, and doesn't provide a very comfortable ride. I like the ride quality better with Fox shocks, or even Bilstein for that matter.
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I spent a lot of time on the phone with the guys over at Icon before I choose shocks. I was also considering King and Fox, and according to them the newer Icon JK specific shocks are valved different than the older ones. They are trying to get more into the Jeep market and have spent a lot of time developing these newer valved shocks. I will say compared to my friends jk which is running fox shocks with Teraflex springs, my jeep handles a lot better on the road with a lot less body roll. Could this be the progressive rate Synergy springs I am running, not sure, but I am very pleased with the Icon shocks so far.
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I spent a lot of time on the phone with the guys over at Icon before I choose shocks. I was also considering King and Fox, and according to them the newer Icon JK specific shocks are valved different than the older ones. They are trying to get more into the Jeep market and have spent a lot of time developing these newer valved shocks. I will say compared to my friends jk which is running fox shocks with Teraflex springs, my jeep handles a lot better on the road with a lot less body roll. Could this be the progressive rate Synergy springs I am running, not sure, but I am very pleased with the Icon shocks so far.
Suspension design is almost as much art as it science when it comes to dynamic behavior and that's the current shortfall of Icon when it comes to Jeeps. The art portion comes from testing, tuning and experience, and as Icon admitted they are new to the Jeep market. The vast majority of their experience comes from other vehicles which are much different than Jeeps so not everything translates. This doesn't mean their shocks are bad but when you are talking about the top end of the market with a premium price, Fox and particularly King will most likely outperform them.

If you want the best road performance the AEV lift with coils with the tuned Bilstein's will outperform most if not all off-the-shelf systems. It comes down to your driving habits and preferences. The best part is that there are a lot of great choices.
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My Kings are valved for the JKU too. Not sure what pressure you're running. King said mine are 90psi. The ride was very controlled and smooth with a little body roll. Very nice road feel. Then I bought a nitrogen tank, regulator, and no loss air chuck. I wanted to play with the pressure. I put in 130psi which raised my Jeep about an inch. The ride is much firmer but not harsh. Handling is improved as you would expect. No body roll. Cornering is flat no matter how fast it seems. I like the performance better. It's pretty stiff but not jarring or harsh.

I tore down one of my shocks to see what was inside. There's a flutter stack on compression. I'm guessing your Icon are very similar in build quality and function. I've got stock springs ( 17-59 ) and no lift so couldn't run Icon I'm pretty sure or do they make true OEM replacements like King.

Can you post a picture of yours ? If you don't mind I'll post one of mine along with a few that show the shock torn down. I painted the bodies because I didn't want them to rust from the salt this winter.

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