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Rear Bypass Shocks on Mid Travel?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by bdamschen, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. Dec 30, 2015 at 12:35 AM
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    bdamschen

    bdamschen [OP] I just wanna go fast!

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    Hi guys-

    Just picked up a 2013 crew max and I'm looking to make it a tad more capable in the dirt. I am planning to add fox 2.5 coilovers and UCAs up front and do a 1" shackle out back. Everything I have read suggests that without cutting holes in the bed the rear will have difficulty keeping up with the front. Because the wife and I ride dirt bikes, and we sometimes pull a 19" trailer I'm trying to avoid a bed cage and lighter sprung deavers out back.

    I have heard some people rave about how much better their trucks handle with bypass shocks and was thinking that might be a good way to keep the rear feeling a bit more plush in the rough stuff.

    Has anyone done this? Is it possible or even worth it to go with the fox 2.5 bypass rather than just the remote reservoir?
     
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  2. Dec 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM
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    Yes a bypass can be done.
    Yes I have measured and designed for a 12" bypass hoop (and a 14" if your balls hang a little lower than most).
    No it is not bolt in.
    No it can't be done without welding, cutting, and bending.
    Yes you will still have to notch the bed, but no you will not need a bed cage.
    No I would never use a Fox shock if I lived on the coast.
    No the rear will NEVER keep up with the front unless you set up the rear to outperform the front travel numbers by 1.5x and have someone who actually knows what the fuck they are doing valve the shocks.
     
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  4. Jan 4, 2016 at 7:36 PM
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    Thanks for the heads up! I have some buddies who know what they're doing when it comes to valving suspension, but I'm not sure I'm up for cutting and welding on the tow vehicle. I'd have to bust it out when my wife is out of town because the rule was no crazy fab work on this truck. After doing some homework I think I might go deavers and just get a custom pack that's a little stiffer than the k37s.

    If fox shocks get rusty, which ones you recommend? My go to used to be kings until my buddy's king 2.5 shock bodies rusted. What else is out there? SAW? ADS? Radflow?
     
  5. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:19 PM
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    I enjoy reading your posts.
     
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  6. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:20 PM
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    King finish will outlast fox by a decade. Fox finish is terrible in coastal or salt belt regions. Only thing worse is SAW. We don't call them rust-a-ways for nothing. I live in an area with salt and snow on the road 4 months out of the year and my bypasses are barely tarnished. Coilovers look almost as good as the day I got them. In addition, keep in mind that King uses aluminum resi's and fox uses steel.

    If your main concern is finish, you won't beat ADS. They are cadmium plated and have a ceramic clear coat. The triple seal cap is a nice feature as well. ADS makes great shocks, but it will cost you.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:33 PM
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    I can tell you not to get fox's. I live in central Ohio so we have good winters and my coilovers look like hammered fuck
     
  8. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:41 PM
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    Regardless of manufacture, Fluid Film is your best friend. Cheap, easy, and it just works. We're not talking about a refrigerator. Not just plug the Fucker in and it works forever. Little bit of annual maintenance will protect your investment for the life of your rig.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:51 PM
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    Do u spray that on your under-carriage too?
     
  10. Jan 4, 2016 at 9:12 PM
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    No. I have a garden hose for that.
    And after 5 years, satin black rustolium. I suppose I could have sprayed the frame and what not with fluid film, but on powder coated material it just seems like a waste of time and money.

    Hell, the only think keeping my Tacoma frame together is rust, mud, rustolium flat black, duct tape, and zip ties. I'm not about to fuck with my so-far-so-good concoction.
     
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