Gen2 with 3.0 FRS vs Gen3

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Hello, does anyone know which is better capable Offroad? A Gen2 with aftermarket upgrades fox 3.0 FRS Live valves and icon rear springs or a stock Gen3?

I know the gen3 will be better on road
But im trying to quantify its Offroad performance. If im going to upgrade I don’t want to take a step back in the Offroad department.
 

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Hello, does anyone know which is better capable Offroad? A Gen2 with aftermarket upgrades fox 3.0 FRS Live valves and icon rear springs or a stock Gen3?

I know the gen3 will be better on road
But im trying to quantify its Offroad performance. If im going to upgrade I don’t want to take a step back in the Offroad department.
I would think the Gen 3 would have a level playing field off road. It would dominate on road, and plus it has a warranty. Its on road manners would make it a better choice then a Gen2 with FRS since it would be pretty equal off road.
 

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I think a Gen 2 with FRS LV shocks and either the E Clik or DSC controller would be better than a stock Gen 3. The stock shocks, whether Gen 2 or 3 are gonna heat soak substantially faster than the FRS shocks due to way less oil volume. The Gen 3 oem shock controller also doesn’t sample and provide data to the shocks at nearly the rate of the E Clik or DSC.

A Gen 3 with upgraded shocks and controller would be a good jump over Gen 2 though, really only due to the advantages of the 5 link.
 

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Yeah the 5 link is the ****. I have deavers, bump kit and Fox 3.0s but I'm sure the stock 5 link is still superior.
 
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Don't kill the messenger, but the Baja trips I've been on, the Gen 3 owners have all said the same thing. The suspension on the Gen 3 is too soft for off road. They can only carry one spare, and not much else. They all have said they need to get better coils, and one told me they installed the FRS front shocks, but the rear is still soft.

While I would love a Gen 3, and will get one probably later than sooner, LOL, my 20 Gen 2 with FRS 3.0s, Deavers, bumps, and the SDI EClik system did really well. I didn't bottom anywhere, where I did the year before. IMO, any Gen Raptor can be set-up for off road really well, depending on your budget.
 

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Good point about the softness of the rear. While the 5 link is awesome, it makes the truck lack some actual truck duties IMO, like carrying a load and towing etc. Leafs are better suited for that kind of thing.
 
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Great feedback guys , thank you. By the time I’m ready to upgrade there will be improvements being made to the gen3. The gen 2 was too soft also stock, which is why so many go with new springs front and rear. I kind of did expect that a spring change would be necessary regardless.
But a spring change is much cheaper then a full shock swap!
 
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Don't kill the messenger, but the Baja trips I've been on, the Gen 3 owners have all said the same thing. The suspension on the Gen 3 is too soft for off road. They can only carry one spare, and not much else. They all have said they need to get better coils, and one told me they installed the FRS front shocks, but the rear is still soft.

While I would love a Gen 3, and will get one probably later than sooner, LOL, my 20 Gen 2 with FRS 3.0s, Deavers, bumps, and the SDI EClik system did really well. I didn't bottom anywhere, where I did the year before. IMO, any Gen Raptor can be set-up for off road really well, depending on your budget.
how much do you like the EClick system? did you keep the stock valving? thats essentially the same setup i have except i have Icon leafs. its really a great setup and its really good on and offroad. makes for a great stance also.
 

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how much do you like the EClick system? did you keep the stock valving? thats essentially the same setup i have except i have Icon leafs. its really a great setup and its really good on and offroad. makes for a great stance also.
I really like the EClik system! I did get my shocks revalved. I like how you can really feel a difference both on and off road. On road, I have it at almost full comfort. I rarely see even 3s at each corner, usually 1s or 0s, LOL. When I was recently in Baja, I had it set basically at about two thirds in sport. I was usually seeing 7s at all corners.

As I mentioned, i didn't bottom on this trip, and both me and my gf felt like I was able to push the truck more. Drive faster and harder. All in all, money well spent for an expensive hobby!!!
 
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