- Feb 10, 2023
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- San Diego
I honestly do not understand the need or want to take off something that is electronically tied to the vehicle and replace it with something that is passive. I do understand the want to upgrade Our vehicles, but what a lot might think is an upgrade is actually the opposite.I have been tempted on several occasions to do a live valve delete and throw a set of icon coilovers and rear bypass shocks, but nobody can confirm fitment.
I saw some member on here did a set of gen2 fox race series suspension on his gen 3 and says it works great.
I have 3 concerns:
1. I know the holes in the strut tower are 5/8” in the gen3, but only 9/16” for the gen2. It would irritate me and maybe create play over time if the studs that hold the coilovers aren’t big enough.
2. I know the new gen3 has more travel, I would hate ruining the suspension or not being able to capitalize on all the “potential” travel, or create a situation where there isn’t enough down travel causing harshness and unnecessary wear on the shocks.
3. I know another member used the old fox race series in the rear of his gen 3 and claims they work great, the icons have a weird linkage however and I’m unsure if it works or not with the next gen3 rear suspension.
I can confirm a couple of your concerns. Some I can not talk to at this point.
Will the gen2 FOX Factory Race bolt up. YES. Several reputable companies have been selling this.
Does it work? YES. You will need to adjust the spring collar as the Gen3 sits higher from the factory than Gen2’s.
Does it work properly? Not really. The Gen3 shocks, and “Live Valves“ operate at twice the speed, and twice the pressures of the Gen2. Seat of the pants feel does not equal increased performance in this case.
Travel - the front is close, you’ll lose some droop. Rear you lose slightly more than a inch of travel.
Valving - big change in the rear with the use of coil springs and a 5 link. The motion ratios and spring rates are just are just so much different on the Gen3.
to each there own though. Hopefully this gives some food for thought.