As a small reference to another thread of completed product I feel it is my job to provide the greater TW mass with this link:
I've done searching high and low for Fox 2.0 shocks with a remote mountable reservoir, I am currently running piggybacks and am not 100% pleased with them, not that they don't perform fine, but the way they hard mount to the vehicle.
I am also going to be lifting the rear another 2.25" or so with a Icon (wheelers, or all-pro) 1.5" AAL setup, however I AM going to be leaving the overload spring in.
- Currently the only offered shock through fox with an external reservoir for 2nd gen's is part #980-02-372A
Which is a piggyback mounted on the bottom of the shock not on top. Given that it is a factory series which is vehicle specific for the Tacoma 05-13 it is more expensive and is using a thicker 7/8" shaft.
However, the problem lies in the overall design, which most have voiced looks like it will fail on the trail while doing some crawling or backing up. Additionally, it appears that these shocks are ONLY good for 1" of additional lift. Which leaves us who want to level out the rear after doing a Bilstein 5100 2.5" adjustment to the front of the truck stuck in a rut with no options.
- It seems there has been information posted on here before, but is insanely vague and lost within the hundreds of thousands of pages within the forum. That needs to change.
- The Fox 2.0 series is offered for 1st gen Tacoma's as well which is a total blessing in disguise, because I have found that it is offered in 3 different lengths! They offer the stock 8" travel as well as 10" (For those looking to do the 1.5" AAL and keeping the overload spring in) and 12" of travel for those looking for more additional lift.
The main part number for those looking to do a 3 leaf 1.5" AAL setup is: 980-24-636
They mount up just like the factory series piggybacks intended specifically for the 2nd gen's, stem up top, eyelet on bottom. They are also $72 cheaper typically per side then factory series at about $198 per side vs. $270 per side, which is a win-win in my book!
- One small footnote I must add is that going from stock series piggybacks to these be prepared to lose some shaft thickness. These at 5/8" shafts compared to the stock series 7/8" thick shafts. One other difference is the type of metal used for the 5/8" shaft is hard chromed heat treated alloy steel vs. the 7/8" shaft's hard chrome plated stainless steel 17-4 H900
- For those looking to beat the shit out of their truck for extended periods of time at a time, I would suggest searching for getting these in 7/8". If you like to wheel and plan on doing all but flipping the darn truck the 5/8" shaft's will fare you just fine.
- If you pick any of these shocks listed above up, I suggest you get dust boots for them to cover them up, only attach the top and let the bottom hang down. The purpose of this is to protect the actual shock from debris (mainly rocks and gravel) flying from the front or rear tires which can potentially nick the shaft and cause leakage or damaged seals.
** Just in case you missed the part numbers here is a little cheat sheet for you:
Part Number Extended Length | Collapsed Length | Travel
980-24-635 | 21.19 | 13.19 | 8" (Stock)
980-24-636 | 25.19 | 15.19 | 10"
980-24-637 | 30.19 | 18.19 | 12"
Taken from this site:
I don't know about you, but I like knowing I have options!