Words: AR Staff
Photos: AR Staff & FOX
FOX’s “entry level” Performance 2.0 Series shocks were a big improvement in handling ruts, washboards, whoops, and loose dirt on the trail. However capable the Performance Series shocks were, it was apparent they lacked the refinement, smoothness, and adjustability of its Factory Race Series big brother. The Jeep (owned by King of the Hammers Champion Jason Scherer) equipped with the Factory Race Series shocks was a completely different beast.
We could feel the tires planted on the ground at all times, but at the same time gave us a sensation of floating over the rough sections of the trail. Jason showed us the full capability of the shocks drifting around technical turns at high speeds and flying up rutted hills. FOX’s “Go Big” top of the line shocks are a truly refined suspension system in itself.
The new Performance Elite 2.5 Series shocks was developed to bridge the price and performance gap between the Performance Series and Factory Race Series products. The Gladiator test mule we were in went around the 2-mile dirt trail much smoother and noticeably faster than both the stock Jeep and the one equipped with Performance 2.0 Series shocks.
It’s safe to say that the Performance Elite 2.5 Series shocks felt closer in performance to the Factory Race Series than to its little brother. Having 2.5” diameter aluminum shock bodies and external reservoirs proved to be beneficial in the sweltering afternoon temps as the ride quality didn’t seem to diminish with extended use.
Just like on the Factory Race Series shocks, the external adjustments on the reservoirs to control compression and rebound allowed the Performance Elite 2.5 Series on the Gladiator to adapt to varying terrain and driving style with the turn of a knob. These new shocks can handle a lot of abuse as it was designed with durability in mind with its redundant sealing packs and oversized shafts. Just like all FOX shocks, this new offering from FOX is fully-rebuildable which gives you the confidence to “Go Harder”!