Posted by Nick Kovar on 4/17/2022 to Before you Buy
ICON Vehicle Dynamics is a premiere performance suspension manufacturer that is customer-driven, technology-influenced, and engineering-oriented with focus on their world-class manufacturing processes and techniques. Their innovative designs and quality components help push your vehicle further, and with their new CDEV technology touching the market, you can say goodbye to manual shock tuning as you know it. The brand new Compression Damping Electronic Valve or CDEV systems feature some of the most impressive functions for your Tacoma's off-road build. Engineered with the serious off-road enthusiast in-mind, this technology will outperform any manual fine-tune shock adjusters when it comes to ride-quality, control, and convenience. In this article we're going to be discussing how the CDEV systems actually work, and why they're a much better option than the old manual CDCV systems for your 2016-2022 Toyota Tacoma.
How Compression Damping Electronic Valve Technology Works!You're probably already aware that your Tacoma's factory suspension components aren't the best for extreme off-road action, so it only makes sense to outfit your truck with some of the best possible front and rear shock options on the market. This is exactly where the ICON CDEV Systems come to play. In order to properly install this system, you're going to need ICON's Intelligent Control Module Install Kit along with their CDEV Front Coilovers and CDEV Rear Shocks, but we'll get to those later. The ICON Intelligent Control (IIC) module acts as the brain of the operation, ensuring consistent performance for any application. This control computer works to monitor, analyze, and process your shock damping data in real-time, resulting in lightning fast and precise shock tuning while your Tacoma is in motion. The computer processes information from your truck's speed, the terrain you're driving over, and the G-force created from extreme applications. This allows the IIC to perform calculations based on algorithms and user-defined settings to predict terrain and wheel position, so it can provide the proper compression of your shocks in any situation. The IIC also has the capability to collect this information at over 1000 times per second, and then deliver those changes to the CDEV technology within the shock absorbers in under 40 milliseconds, swiftly altering your shocks to compliment any environment. In Layman's terms, the computer senses your truck's motion to quickly adapt to the change in terrain, making fine adjustments without needing for any driver inputs. That's right, as soon as you properly install and configure this system to your particular vehicle, the IIC will handle the rest of the work without you ever having to worry about it again. If your terrain conditions do become more than unique or you're curious about other ways the computer can work, you'll have the option of manipulating these adjustments by creating drive modes and custom presets simply using the IIC app. With this more than impressive design, the intention is for you to place your entire focus on driving while you're shock performance is designed to handle any speeds or terrain.
2016-2022 Tacoma CDEV Front Coilovers & Rear ShocksUnfortunately, you won't just be able to connect this Intelligent Control Module to just any pair of front coilovers or rear shocks, so you'll need to pair it with both the 2016-2022 ICON 2.5 VS RR CDEV Front Coilovers and the 2016-2022 Tacoma ICON 2.5 RXT RR CDEV Rear Shocks. Each impressive in their own right, these front and rear shock upgrades are far from basic. Not only will these aftermarket suspension kits compliment ICON's IIC Module, but they'll improve your Tacoma's ride-quality as a whole. Aside from the automatic fine-tuning of your vehicle's compression damping, these front and rear shocks both feature external remote reservoirs to ensure faster heat dissipation during extended off-road use. These premium coilover and shocks also feature 2.5" diameter shock bodies constructed from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, ensuring the maximum amount of strength and durability for just about any application. Each shock body is also chrome plated with a 7/8" induction hardened shock shaft to outlast your factory components without compromise. Specifically, the front coilovers feature application-specific Eibach coil springs to contribute to the superior suspension travel that ICON coilovers guarantee. These premium front and rear shocks when paired with the ICON Intelligent Control will provide your truck with some of the most precise shock damping during the situation at-hand, giving you and your off-road machine a boost of confidence for whatever trail you come across. Since this is no ordinary suspension upgrade, you will need to pick up a set of front Upper Control Arms to ensure proper suspension articulation for every applications. Luckily you for, we only work with trusted and reliable brands to bring you some of the best possible control arm upgrades for your 2016-2022 Tacoma. Like all of ICON's coilovers and shocks, the ICON 2.5 VS RR Front Coilovers and 2.5 RXT RR Rear Shocks are 100% rebuildable and 100% revalveable.
CDEV vs. CDCV TechnologyWhen it comes down to it, the new CDEV technology will outperform any manual Compression Damping Control Valve (CDCV) systems. Although quite similar in how they function, manual CDCV systems like the ICON 2.5 Ext Travel Coilovers and ICON RXT Rear Suspension System won't provide your truck with the immediate and hands-free damping control for changes in terrain. These older systems typically work by incorporating an adjustment knob on the shocks external remote reservoir, offering you 10-clicks of preset adjustments that require manual operation. This means each time you want to fine-tune your compression damping for changing environments, you'll have to completely exit the vehicle and make the hands-on adjustments yourself. While this is still beneficial and helpful, it doesn't even scratch the surface of what the new CDEV technology is capable of. Convenience is key with this new system, so all you'll need to have total control of your driving experience is the ICON Intelligent Control app. Currently only available on the Apple Store with plans for an Android Compatible version later this year, the app lets you create custom drive modes and presets to for a more customizable off-road experience that you can feel. Once the front coilovers, rear shocks, and intelligent control module are properly installed, you'll be able to make minor adjustments to the system on the app connected via Bluetooth technology. This means you won't need to be connected to WiFi in order to make these adjustments, so you can easily still operate the system in the middle of nowhere. Ideally, these adjustments won't have to be made at all, so you can completely forget that the IIC module is taking care of all the work. Better yet, the app acts as a data logger for time, speed, distance, and G-force allowing you to record all of the data from your off-road adventures. ICON includes all of the necessary hardware, mounting instructions, and wiring harnesses to ensure the install process runs smoothly. Take your 2016-2022 Tacoma to the next level by investing in one of the most functional and convenient shock options to touch the aftermarket.
The beauty of the IIC and CDEV system is the fact that it seamlessly adjusts all of the shocks to their ideal setting for any given terrain or driving style. With this system installed on your 2016-2022 Tacoma, you'll never have to take your eyes off the road or trail for a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. If you still have any questions about the CDEV system and how it works, or you're looking to install this on your off-road machine, feel free to let us know in the comments down below! 2016-2022 Tacoma ICON CDEV System Components: