After installing the Fox 2.0 Shocks we had to see how they performed during some off-road conditions so we took our 2015 EcoBoost out to one of our favorite trails for a series of tests, and fun of course. The newly installed equipment performed great through washboard terrain, a few ravines as well as muddy conditions without any issues. Take a look below:
At about double the price of the FOX 2.0 Coilover Kit, the ICON Suspension system gives you much more technologically-advanced components that will give you awesome off-road handling with adjustable ride height from level up to an additional 2.5" , depending on your needs. Throw on a set of rugged off-road tires and custom wheels and you'll be ready to fly through some advanced off-road trails with ease. ICON's upper control arms feature an extremely strong tubular steel design that's then paired with a uniball joint instead of a more standard ball joint which won't bind and limit your truck's front suspension articulation. ICON's coilovers, UCAs, and rear shocks are some of the highest-quality suspension components that you can put on your truck, and can handle the toughest challenges both on and off of the beaten path.
Another great feature of ICON's 0-2.5" 4WD Suspension System is that you won't have to leave your truck in the shop too long. Installation is relatively simple and ICON includes all the components and hardware needed for installation. We took the video camera along for the latest installation on our 2015 EcoBoost F150 and you'll have to take a look for yourself about how straightforward this installation really is. While you might be tempted to do the work yourself, professional installation is highly recommended.
Now, before we begin, it's important to note that there's really not such thing as "best". Put 10 people in a room and have them define the term "best" and you'll get 27-1/2 different answers. The Fox 2.0 Kit and the ICON Stage 2 System both have their pros and cons, it's just a matter of deciphering which is the best for what you happen to be doing with your 2015-2016 F150, and where you need it to go.
Fox 2.0 Stage 1 Kit: the Fox 2.0 coilovers and rear shocks come over unchanged from the 2014 model year, with no revalving or any other modifications. The Fox 2.0s are by far and away the most popular coilover and shock choice that we have here at Stage 3, and they offer up an excellent balance of performance, ride quality, and price. However, they are just that: "balanced" which means there is a little give and take going on which may not suit the die-hard off-road performance enthusiast.
Overall, the Fox 2.0s are an excellent upgrade that provide some of the best bang-for-your-buck performance on the market. The Fox kit is great for trucks that see hunting and camping trails with some lighter off-road requirements, however, for those high-speed trail runs and desert runner builds, you're going to need something more heavy-duty.
ICON 2.5 Front Coilovers: ICON is one of the most well-known names in the off-road world, and they manufacture some of the best off-road performance coilovers and shocks that you can find on the market. Granted, all that performance comes at a price, but you can pretty much take your 2015-2016 F150 anywhere once you've installed some of ICON's suspension hardware. Unlike Fox, ICON went back to the drawing board with their 2015-2016 F150 Systems and revalved both the coilovers and shocks for the lighter weight of the 2015-2016 F150s versus the 2009 to 2014 F150s.
If anything does the ICON system in, it's the price. Granted, the more comparable Fox 2.5 coilovers aren't very far off, but the real question is if the ICON's (or any other 2.5 coilover) difference in price worth the difference in performance on your truck? If you absolutely need a suspension system that can handle high-speed off-roading on aggressive trails, then the ICON kit is your winning ticket and will get you in and out of just about whatever you need.