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So many times I have been late to the party. This time, I was given an awesome opportunity! UPS delivered the only two sets of the IronMan Foamcell Pro suspensions in the US (for the FJ) to my front door! We're installing them Sunday and let the testing begin! There are two sets on display at SEMA if I am not mistaken, but we have the first two sets in captivity!



Foam Cell Pro Shock Absorbers - Ironman 4x4


I'll post up a full installation and testing review some time in the next week or so. :clap::clap:
 

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Nice looking shocks Nick, they are so dark it's hard to tell but the front shock spring is fully adjustable allowing installation from Stk to approx 3" lift ride height??
Are these expected to be available to everyone soon and any idea of cost.
Looking forward to the reviews.
 

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Interesting new setup. Look forward to you review. Also, could you do me a favor? Can u measure the distance from the top mounting surface to the bottom shock hole? So that I can compare the maximum down travel due to coilovers to my Toytec BOSS, which is a similar setup.

My toytec only gives me 1.5" down travel. I have LR UCA and no swaybar. I'm 99% sure it's the coilovers limiting the travel so i want to compare the just coilover's at extended length.

Thanks!
 

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Nice looking shocks Nick, they are so dark it's hard to tell but the front shock spring is fully adjustable allowing installation from Stk to approx 3" lift ride height??
Are these expected to be available to everyone soon and any idea of cost.
Looking forward to the reviews.
I will check with IM and see when the next load is on the boat. They will be available though all IM distributors at some point. I was just lucky enough to be the first one to grab them for testing. I can't quote costs out loud here, but the kit including UCA's will competitively priced. The awesome thing about IronMan is that they police their Min Advertised Price program so you'll see that pricing pretty even across all the vendors.
 

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Interesting new setup. Look forward to you review. Also, could you do me a favor? Can u measure the distance from the top mounting surface to the bottom shock hole? So that I can compare the maximum down travel due to coilovers to my Toytec BOSS, which is a similar setup.

My toytec only gives me 1.5" down travel. I have LR UCA and no swaybar. I'm 99% sure it's the coilovers limiting the travel so i want to compare the just coilover's at extended length.

Thanks!

Sure! We'll do much more professional shots as the install progresses. I just could not contain my excitement on having these in hand.
 

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Interesting new setup. Look forward to you review. Also, could you do me a favor? Can u measure the distance from the top mounting surface to the bottom shock hole? So that I can compare the maximum down travel due to coilovers to my Toytec BOSS, which is a similar setup.

My toytec only gives me 1.5" down travel. I have LR UCA and no swaybar. I'm 99% sure it's the coilovers limiting the travel so i want to compare the just coilover's at extended length.

Thanks!
You know these are adjustable right? So in order to get a useful measurement I think you'll need to provide Nick with where you'd like the lower spring seat located (ie. Max up, Max down or "in the middle") in order for you to get a useful number to compare with ;)
 

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You know these are adjustable right? So in order to get a useful measurement I think you'll need to provide Nick with where you'd like the lower spring seat located (ie. Max up, Max down or "in the middle") in order for you to get a useful number to compare with
Thanks for the notice. But I think the adjuster is to dial the preload of spring so it changes the ride height when the coilovera are loaded under the vehicle. What i try to compare is the length when the coilovers is off the car by itself. The fully extended length won't be affected by the adjuster. :)
 

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So we measured right at an inch longer than stock at full extension.






The rears are just plain massive!



The complete install album is at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fjghosttowner/sets/72157648896500439/


The only little hiccup was that we had to trim some metal over the rear shock hardware to be able to get two wrenches in there to tighten up the hardware.

Hopefully by next weekend we'll be able to get some video of it in work and a ride report. We have one rig with no sway bar and one with. Also, we had to relocate the sway bar using the All Pro kit to keep the sway bar off of the shock spring.

So far, we're all impressed!
 

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So we measured right at an inch longer than stock at full extension.



So far, we're all impressed!
Nice! It does looks good and thanks for the measurement. The shock being 1" longer than stock is a lot if I'm not mistaken. Are they specified as extended travel coilovers? How does it compare to 22.25"? This is the fully extended length of my coilovers from top plate to shock mount hole.
 

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Well, when I said we were doing testing, I meant it!




We spent several hours today in the desert on all sorts of terrain and checking all sorts of speed ranges. Honestly, I could not be more impressed! This is going to be a great "all purpose" suspension for both a DD and trail rig. It is not a long travel, rock crawling suspension but for your average off road enthusiast it certainly fits the bill.

Somebody here has asked about height. The IM specs say two inches, but we came out at three over stock with the performance springs in the rear.

The other unique thing about these is that they are not nitrogen charged. These have the new foam cell material in the space where the nitrogen would have been. The biggest place I noticed the effect of this was on the rear shocks. My truck gets squierrely in the loose stuff especially if the trail is washboarded. I drove both of the test rigs today and I can't even begin to explain how comfy the ride was.

We were lucky enough to get the first set to test in North America. The Aussie's had already ran them through the ringer there. The next boat arrives somewhere around the middle of December so there should be North American stock before the new year.

Ironman 4x4 Toyota Off Road Specialists for your local dealer.
 
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