You Don't Need $5k in Suspension to Overland or Off-Road

Posted by Brandon Sevestre on

We’re here to tell you not to spend all that money with us just to get off-road.

Stage 14 Extreme Clearance kit with bypass adjustable shocks aren’t needed to make that summit, or putt-putt around those fire roads.

Granted, there are certainly lots of trails that would require above average clearance on a 4x4 vehicle. But that’s not what most drivers are after, they’re after a little more capability for their rigs, to handle increased loads (camping, sports, adventure gear) on dirty, rocky, but not too-aggressive terrain.

One of the trends we’re seeing is the advent of Overlanding, glorified on social media with pristine vehicles and sometimes more equipment than brains or miles (experience). This is the offroading version of keeping up with the Joneses. Did you know a simple Bilstein 5100 leveling strut and rear shocks can get you over the hurdle of most trails we’ve been on in the Sierra Nevadas of California? We ran a Tacoma through plenty of Moab rock crawling trails on a simple leveling kit, and that’s when we didn’t even know what we were doing!

A leveling strut (Bilstein 5100) or entry level performance coilover (Fox 2.0) are enough to gain +1 tire size, and the damping ability to handle some increased loads of gear loadout. These performance shocks are usually significant upgrades to stock dampers, allowing more road feedback, less vehicle-body roll, and overall more control and traction for your rig.

Old Man Emu shocks were designed for the outback of Australia, and purpose built for true overland rigs. There's nothing fancy about these tried-and-true twin tube shocks, except their extreme durability and protection from trail debris, and proven longevity.

Traction is the name of this game, your shocks need to keep your tires planted to the pavement or dirt going around turns and washboard trails. The faster you go, the more capable your shocks need to be. If you dont have a badass suspension system, just slow it down and you'll get to the same place the guys in the race-suspension setups do, hopefully they'll have dinner ready when you get there.

Overlanding-Ready Shock Options

Bilstein 5100 Shock

Bilstein 5100

Bilstein’s 5100 line of shocks are a good replacement for factory shocks as well, they provide additional support off-road as for the weekend warrior, while still maintaining a consistent ride on the highway and streets.

Fox 2.0 Performance Shock

Fox 2.0 Performance IFP Series

The most popular Fox shock to upgrade offroad performance and heavy duty use. Aluminum bodied, rebuildable, very high pressure nitrogen gas charged. These are great for trucks throwing on bigger wheels and tires, or that see a lot of dirt, or carry a good amount of camping/offroading equipment.

Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Sport Shock

Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Sport

Old Man Emu is one of the more premium shock options available for a do-everything-vehicle. Exceedingly durable in tough conditions, these shocks have incredible longevity, and their designs allow for the ultimate protection against road debris. Designed in Australia for the outback, Old Man Emu’s Nitrocharger Sport shock is the go-to damper for offroad enthusiast and extremely rugged vehicles.

Your best bet when deciding on a new suspension would be to beat up the current shocks on the trails you love, and then come to us with what you want out of a new setup, what kind of terrain you’re seeing, and the kind of gear you may be hauling around off-road.

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