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That sucks, but thanks for posting about it.

Do we have any options other than RadFlo? Does Fox or Icon make any complete assemblies that would work off-the-shelf? I know a lot of us have had issues with RadFlos leaking and difficulty getting them rebuilt.

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That sucks, but thanks for posting about it.

Do we have any options other than RadFlo? Does Fox or Icon make any complete assemblies that would work off-the-shelf? I know a lot of us have had issues with RadFlos leaking and difficulty getting them rebuilt.
I'd imagine it comes down to a top hat issue with compatibility. I don't understand why the actual length and travel of the shocks are such a ***king secret. From my conversations with @jsexton, and Greg it seems the optimum or correct length for a t-swap is around 18.5" with a shock travel of about 5.5".... And given the fact that I have this thing apart plenty to have seen it for real, I'd have to agree.

As far as everyone having issues with leaking etc. IMO everyone is ordering shocks to small (Diameter), and using them above their capacity for too long. I know they are spendy as hell, but those little 2.0's without a remote res get ***king hot after a half day on the Pony Express trail. I've yet to feel mine be more than really warm after beating the hell out of it all day long. Plus I think most run them too long before rebuild, and probably bottom or top out the shock quite often which just beats up the internal stops something fierce. I don't personally feel like the leaking bit is a Radflo issue, I could be wrong.

To be fair, I LOVE my Radflo shocks, and I loved the previous ones too (Extended Length 2.5's), I have no issue whatsoever with Radflo. Glen is friggin' awesome to talk to, and was a massive help. I just think a Coil rethink is in order on the Nisstec end, along with a little more real information about actual travel, and maybe some warning of how far you can pre load the coil before you run into coil bind.

I got an education in front suspension I had no idea I even needed.

BTW if anyone wants the "not even a year old Eibach 600 lb 12" coils" which are in perfectly good shape (not sagged), I'll let 'em go for cheap. They are for a 2.5" shock body.


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So it sounds like the RadFlo 2.0 shock is just too small for most our needs. If that's a problem on the TS rigs, I'd imagine it's also why my non-swapped one has been burning through shock seals over the years.

The next time I need to rebuild the front end, I'm considering biting the bullet and doing the TS. I was thinking about selling the X for another vehicle that is a bit bigger and more comfortable, but there really isn't anything out there that I love right now. Even the Lexus GX470 only makes a marginal amount more HP than the X and it's about the same age - so nothing really gained there and a whole lot of time and mods lost by changing platforms.

Keep us posted on how the new stuff runs, I will probably be picking your brain at some point about what to buy. We should get together for dinner or something, it's been too long.

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Love too, it’s been way too long.
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After having figured out that the bearing noise I was hearing was the Pinion bearing, I had the rear diff rebuilt (before GONE 2019), which has lead me to replacing the DS with Tom Woods double cardan (today). I've also replaced the engine mounts (yesterday) with actual OEM parts. Now onto the Evap canister solenoid valve (I'm actually going to try and run the vent hose all the way up to the post filter engine air intake), and once again uniballs on the lower rear shock mounts.

At 114,000 miles, things are starting to .... wear..... more.
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After having figured out that the bearing noise I was hearing was the Pinion bearing, I had the rear diff rebuilt (before GONE 2019), which has lead me to replacing the DS with Tom Woods double cardan (today). I've also replaced the engine mounts (yesterday) with actual OEM parts. Now onto the Evap canister solenoid valve (I'm actually going to try and run the vent hose all the way up to the post filter engine air intake), and once again uniballs on the lower rear shock mounts.

At 114,000 miles, things are starting to .... wear..... more.
Why uniballs on the rear shock mounts? I thought that was a static mount?


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Why uniballs on the rear shock mounts? I thought that was a static mount?

They are FOX 2.0 Remote res shocks that have a uniball in the lower mount.


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They are FOX 2.0 Remote res shocks that have a uniball in the lower mount.
Ah ok, thanks!


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You got a part number for those fox shocks? We're probably pretty similar on the lift size and I've been looking at upping my rear Bilsteins.
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I think they’re the 22.8 ext length.
I have the 26.1 length I believe.

With Robs new rear springs, need to do some measurements and see if the longer ones will fit.





This from the poly performance site.

Xterra’s really need something between those two lengths...
Trying to get full compression without bottoming out, but maximum articulation too is a pain.

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