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Old 07-06-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Fox,King,Icon COs:Feel Like You Got Your $$ Worth?

These COs are nice since they're rebuildable and adjustable. The drawback is you HAVE to rebuild them, higher maintenance.

BUT you boys that have them, do you feel like they're really worth the extra $700-$1000 more than OME or Bilsteins? Maybe if you're a desert racer or rock crawler but for a DD/weekend warrior truck, was it really worth the extra dollars?

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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These COs are nice since they're rebuildable and adjustable. The drawback is you HAVE to rebuild them, higher maintenance.

BUT you boys that have them, do you feel like they're really worth the extra $700-$1000 more than OME or Bilsteins? Maybe if you're a desert racer or rock crawler but for a DD/weekend warrior truck, was it really worth the extra dollars?

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what the above post said.. its all up to you. i am personally going with CO rather than the billys or OME
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I did it and I don't wheel much. I love them. Now OME would prob do the same but I like that they are can be rebuilt. Like he said it's up to you.
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Great points mentioned, adjustable, rebuildable, custom valving. Good for future changes which OME/Bilsteins cannot accomodate for.

But how many of you had OME/Bilsteins before and switched to the COs felt like,"Wow, now THAT was worth $1000 big ones!!!" in terms of road quality off/on road?
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Great points mentioned, adjustable, rebuildable, custom valving. Good for future changes which OME/Bilsteins cannot accomodate for.

But how many of you had OME/Bilsteins before and switched to the COs felt like,"Wow, now THAT was worth $1000 big ones!!!" in terms of road quality off/on road?
Wait for Chris4x4 to chime in, I believe he went from OME to Icons. Based on his write up/product review I'd say he was pretty pleased with them.

They seem like the type of thing that if you use them, it's worth it. For me, I rarely off road and while it may ride better on the road, it's not worth the extra $1,000 vs. the Bilstein/Eibach combo I'm running.
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Wait for Chris4x4 to chime in, I believe he went from OME to Icons. Based on his write up/product review I'd say he was pretty pleased with them.

They seem like the type of thing that if you use them, it's worth it. For me, I rarely off road and while it may ride better on the road, it's not worth the extra $1,000 vs. the Bilstein/Eibach combo I'm running.
I've run a few different set ups. The OME set up can't be beat for what they are. Theyare great on/off road, and last along time. King, Fox and Icon have a little more firm on road ride, but can't be beat off road. If you off road frequently the higher end CO's are worth the money.
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I went with icons, and i think they are great.

rebuildable shock = less $ down the road fyi

it's probably overkill for my truck that only sees dirt a couple times a year but as the truck gets older it will see more dirt. I just like having the best. Do it right the first time
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Thanks boys for the experiences shared. Now between the OME and Bilsteins, from other reviews it seems the OME are preferred.

More pros/cons:
OME cannot be adjusted
Bilsteins can be adjusted (using spanner wrench) but not as stout as OME (Flex?)
Much less than high-end COs, just replace when needed and still not as expensive as the COs
Decent/acceptable off-road and on-road feel

High-end COs:
Can be adjusted
But also MUST be rebuilt every 30-50k miles
Down time while shock is rebuilt
Better off-road feel, somewhat stiff on-road
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I dont understand why they MUST be rebuilt in a situation that would not require that you MUST replace the OME. I mean if you are concerned with rebuilding, a 2.5" is gonna last WAY, WAY longer than a 2.0" coilover. I mean that is THE ONLY advantage to a 2.5 over a 2.0 coilover... how long they last with equivalent control. Its not like a 2.5" coilover offers superior damping.

I also dont get the somewhat stiff onroad thing either... adjust it however you like. Get lighter springs or make the damping less... you can do that with coilovers... its why people get them. You have options. They dont HAVE to be stiffer on road.
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If you off road frequently the higher end CO's are worth the money.
That's about all that needs to be said.
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