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30 pages later and some rum.... Ok I think I'm in..... are kits still going out?

I guess the only thing I need to figure out now is what Fox Reservoir shocks to get that ORW were planning on when they offered the kit



I'm guessing going to coils are all pro's and no cons for general offroading and daily use from what I've read? I would love to blast down the desert but being in South Florida I'll be doing general mudding and crawling here or there. This seems like it'll fit the best of both worlds and be much better than those damned torsion bars...

Thank you so much for keeping this conversion alive..... I will hopefully be joining the third... or second order??

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I will hopefully be joining the third... or second order??

Off to read the madness thread.... ugh....
FYI, I have a couple of sets left right now from the last batch. They are not currently powdercoated, but if anyone wants a set powdercoated, it's just a couple of weeks turn around to get it done.
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I guess the only thing I need to figure out now is what Fox Reservoir shocks to get that ORW were planning on when they offered the kit
For the Fox brand, all of the measurements (extended/collapsed length, mounting bolt & width etc.) are the same between the emulsion & the remote reservoir versions when staying within the same series.

So as long as it's the 2.0 series...all that has to be done is a simple lookup of the part numbers for the equalivent reservoir setup - it will just be a different part # with all other aspects the same.

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Fox Shocks 2.0" X 5" Emulsion Coil-over (5/8" Shaft) is #980-02-000-A
Fox Shocks 2.0" x 5" Remote Reservoir (5/8" Shaft) is #980-02-040-A

All current Fox part numbers can be located by clicking the application guide on the lower right of this page (Coilover Info starts on page #4 of the PDF): http://www.ridefox.com/subhome.php?m=offroad&ref=topnav


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How much is a set of brackets? Interested!
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Are there any con's to going coilover at all? Read through both threads now and just making some final decisions....
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For the Fox brand, all of the measurements (extended/collapsed length, mounting bolt & width etc.) are the same between the emulsion & the remote reservoir versions when staying within the same series.

So as long as it's the 2.0 series...all that has to be done is a simple lookup of the part numbers for the equalivent reservoir setup - it will just be a different part # with all other aspects the same.

Example:

Fox Shocks 2.0" X 5" Emulsion Coil-over (5/8" Shaft) is #980-02-000-A
Fox Shocks 2.0" x 5" Remote Reservoir (5/8" Shaft) is #980-02-040-A

All current Fox part numbers can be located by clicking the application guide on the lower right of this page (Coilover Info starts on page #4 of the PDF): http://www.ridefox.com/subhome.php?m=offroad&ref=topnav
Thanx Logan, there was much discussion in the madness thread about valving and the custom shocks apparently designed for ORW. Has all this been figured out? Or is everybody just going with valving decided by whomever you order the shock from? Do the above part numbers also match the correct shaft lengths needed as discussed in the other thread?

Also the only thing I guess missing are the limit straps? Can someone post two good options one for stock suspension at full height and one for SuperLift?

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Are there any con's to going coilover at all? Read through both threads now and just making some final decisions....
Nope..I say it's all positive. Only thing that some may consider a "negative" would be the initial investment..but you always have to "Pay to Play"

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Thanx Logan, there was much discussion in the madness thread about valving and the custom shocks apparently designed for ORW. Has all this been figured out? Or is everybody just going with valving decided by whomever you order the shock from?
The valving on Fox CO's should always be setup by the dealer you purchase them from. They should ask you how you intend to use the truck etc.

A long time ago, people said the coil-overs offered by ORW were "custom travel length" Fox versions, but it has since been verified by numerous people that the "off-the-shelf" travel lengths work perfectly fine.

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Do the above part numbers also match the correct shaft lengths needed as discussed in the other thread?
The part numbers I posted above was just an example of the emulsion versus remote reservoir part #'s. Please check out my main post where I listed all of my parts here: coilover brackets. Keep in mind your exact part #'s will vary depending on the finish desired (see my previous post above for the complete Fox catalog - or talk to your dealer for the breakdown of all the options). I opted for the upgraded Chrome finish over the standard Cadmium, so my part #'s were slightly different. The important part is that the selected setup is part of the 2.0 Series coil-over (if choosing the Fox brand) and has the correct travel length for your suspension (stock height versus a "Superlifted" one).

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Also the only thing I guess missing are the limit straps? Can someone post two good options one for stock suspension at full height and one for SuperLift?
I have the same 10" quad straps from Beard/Redart that Rwenzing post the link too above (generally accepted as a good length for a stock suspension setup). Also, if you’re unsure of what length you want to use or how to mount them...you can perform the conversion, and then measure for the length of what you want afterwards. It won't hurt anything if you don't have them installed on "day-one" as long as you don't flex out your truck.

The limit straps, as well as the bump stops are really just insurance policies to make sure you don't do damage to the coil-overs and/or your suspension.


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does anyone have pictures yet of the install? curious as to how it turned out!
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Ill be mounting mine this weekend or the next...my coilovers will be here tomorrow and ill take pics and everythin....pretty excited to get these installed
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Brackets painted in e4 red coilovers sittin in apt waitin for thursday...gotta gring my welds for gussets make sure I got it all welded up then paint frame and install coilovers...my spacers are a lil wide tho so I need to narrow them
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Heres some pics
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I'm a little jealous of you guys and your newer Fox Shox....black accents and all look awesome. I've got older blue accent shocks and black upgraded extended lower eyelets. Anybody else who've installed the kit have a hell of a time adjusting the nuts with the UCA in the way? Luckily I estimated dead on during the install to not have to adjust 'em.


Brackets look great! I made all mine. Made the lowers an exact copy of RCD. Uppers are good old eye squinting and test fitting with cardboard job. All looks very very similar to what's being offered in this thread.





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eh...not too keen on the red. On maybe a coil but not brackets. But hey, if ya like 'em! lol.
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Cars gettin towed to the wreck yard so not to worried...went red to keep my black on red theme....wish I had somewhere to get the coils powdercoated red tho....I
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Anybody else who've installed the kit have a hell of a time adjusting the nuts with the UCA in the way? Luckily I estimated dead on during the install to not have to adjust 'em.
Yep. I ended up undoing the upper ball joints and flipping the UCAs up out of the way to adjust mine.
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Do u have to loosen the back bolts on the uca to tilt it up...mine are pretty stiff
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I didn't. They're stiff, but they'll move.
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Yep. I ended up undoing the upper ball joints and flipping the UCAs up out of the way to adjust mine.
Don't know why I didn't think of that. lol. Probably because I try to keep it at ride height when I adjust? With a stand under the LCA at the BJ region. That and HOLY ***** you can't get the 750's to compress enough to easily put that UBJ back in the knuckle. At least that's what I found when I tried it your way during assembly.


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Anyone know if this would work on a torsion 2wd? The t-bars are cranked and this thing rides terribly.
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It will work but if you have it cranked it will ride like **** regardless due to not having that much down travel left in the suspension.
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