|2.5″ FOX Podium X Replacement Shocks
For more than three decades, FOX has been the industry leader in the design and development of high-performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for snowmobiles, mountain bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and off-road cars and trucks. Now FOX has redefined ride dynamics for todays sport UTVs with its new2.5 inch Podium X aluminum body shock.
The UTV market has exploded in the last five years. Enthusiasts have pushed manufacturers to build vehicles that go faster, fly higher, and charge through nasty desert terrain like never before. While factory shock packages are great for most riders, hardcore enthusiast and racers often need more.
Robust 2.5 Inch Body
Simple Dual-Speed Compression (DSC) Adjustment
The high-speed compression adjuster affects compression damping mainly during medium to fast suspension movements such as steep jump faces, harsh flat landings, and aggressive whoops.
Quick and Adjustable Rebound Damping
Bottom-Out Control(B.O.C) Technology
Without this, riders are forced to run a much stiffer setup to absorb a large impact. The technology allows Podium X shocks to be tuned to give improved small bump control in the upper portion of the stroke, while still maintaining the ability to absorb huge impacts and landings effectively.
Race-Run Dynamics For Every Ride
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We met up with FOX engineers in Barstow, CA to test the new FOX 2.5 shocks on a Polaris RZR XP 900 and Arctic Cat Wildcat. If you have been off-roading in Barstow, you know that it is an unforgiving place. If you haven’t been there, then imagine deep, uneven whoops created by every sort of off-road vehicle imaginable. In most UTVs, the only way to traverse the area is going slow. The stock RZR XP and Wildcat can perform pretty well here, but I knew that both machines could benefit from better-than-stock shocks.
What I immediately felt with the FOX 2.5’s is a more plush ride when in cruise mode. Then when I turned up the speed, I felt the bottom out control kick in to help soak up the big hits.
And with the bigger shock body and reservoir, the shocks did not fade like the smaller 2 inch stock shocks.
The external adjusters for high and low-speed compression and rebound damping are key as well. They let me fine-tune the shock for riding terrain and vehicle load. For example, when I drove our set loop by myself, I left the adjustment at the factory setting. When I added another rider, I added two more clicks of high and low-speed compression to compensate for the extra weight.
External adjustability is key, but it is the whole package of the new FOX 2.5 inch Podium X aluminum shocks that has me excited about running them on my 2013 Polaris RZR XP 900 LE. The large body allows for more oil capacity and larger internal parts. AndFOX’s B.O.C. technology provides for extra control when hitting big jumps and unexpected g-outs.
Any if you are in to racing WORCS, GNCC or Best in the Desert, these shocks will be a huge advantage.
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