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Toyota Tacoma ICON RXT Suspension - Long Term Review

This is a long term ownership review, checking in after about 30k miles of having the stage 9 RXT kit from Icon Vehicle Dynamics on our 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4WD. The kit was initially installed in July of 2017, along with Frontrunner Roofracks, and an A.R.E Z-series bed camper shell - all in preparation for a week on the road and a week at Burning Man. Long term usability of the truck as a mobile base was our primary focus, since this truck will likely stay in the family forever. There’s 220,000 miles currently on the truck. Previous suspension experience...

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Bilstein 8112 Shocks Review

If there’s one 2nd gen Tundra that needs the beefiest suspension on the market, it could be Buzz’s Tundra. Buzz can be seen around all the socal desert spots, Big Bear, and of course Mammoth Lakes, his stomping grounds when the winter hits and the fresh powder dumps. First day was a dream, exactly what i expected, super soft... but stiff in the right places Suspension Journey The Tundra reportedly wasn’t stock for long, the first suspension upgrade the Tundra saw was a spacer lift on the stock strut. But spacers dont improve performance. Needing more damping required a real...

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Ride Rundown SEMA Edition Part 4 - Street & Track Cars

Just because almost everything you have seen from us so far has been lifted, does not mean we don’t love a good street car or track weapon. In fact, although all of us at Shock Surplus has been bit by the four-wheeling bug, most of us have been long-time sufferers of the Tuner Car virus. We figured what better way to conclude our tour through our favorite SEMA rides than by indulging our often neglected love for a select few corner carvers? Although most of these builds seem somewhat unattainable, they are more simple than they let on, and we...

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Ride Rundown SEMA Edition Part 2 - Modern Off-Roaders

We know, we know, most of you are not racing your trucks. Heck half of you reading these articles are not anywhere near a desert where you can have that true “Baja” experience. We do hope, however, we did plant some seeds in your mind of what you might want for your rig or ride with our last post. In this chapter, we plan to help your let those seeds begin to flower with some builds that are far more attainable and feasible to the common man. Most of you, like us, are in modern late-model vehicles, and we totally...

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Ride Rundown SEMA Edition Part 1 - Baja Rigs

SEMA 2021, Automotive Overload After trolling the many halls of the 2021 Ford Bronco Show, I mean the SEMA trade show, we thought it was only fair to share some of the awesome rigs and rides that stood out to us. We undoubtedly fell in love with heaps of builds; however, the further we journeyed through the jam-packed show and the more Sabretts hot dogs we ate, the more we realized that if you didn’t know what to look for, you wouldn’t have half a shot of knowing what you were looking at. We have hopes that this series will...

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