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Old 10-09-2016, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do Aluminum Shock Bodies Really Make a Difference?

Do aluminum shock bodies really make much of a difference in cooling? I have a pair of Fox 2.0 Performance Series IFP's because they were cheap and I read the "3x faster cooling" when I was tired. I'm on the fence about exchanging them for remote reservoir shocks, either factory or performance series, for more droop and better fade resistance. I have worn out OME nitrochargers, and I had some fade issues with them on washboard roads long before they were worn out...people keep telling me I shouldn't drive 60mph offroad in a heavily-loaded Tacoma, I keep telling them you try driving on 30 miles of washboard road at 10mph in southern Utah in the summer.

Would something like the Fox 2.0 aluminum performance series really cool better than a steel version like the factory series, or is it just for marketing and cheaper manufacturing? Does it put the shock anywhere close to a steel RR 2.0? I don't prerun, my Tacoma is a DD that I use for accessing remote places and overlanding. It's loaded up with armor/camping supplies and is heavy as hell. Shock fade is an issue 2-3 times/year for me, but when it happens I'm usually in the middle of the desert, about 20-30 miles from pavement, and it sucks. I'm replacing the upper shock mount and using universal eyelet-eyelet shocks btw. 10" standard, or 11" RR.

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I think Fox made them aluminum for the manufacturing reasons you listed. When I was chief engineer at a shock company I switched most of our products to aluminum for looks, cost, ease of manufacturing, and weight.

Aluminum does cool faster, and remote reservoirs will add a lot of oil volume and reduce gas pressure. It'll be less likely to fade, but hard to say if it'll be enough.

You might want to consider a 2.5 performance series shock with factory series piston. Although length could be an issue.
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