Archive for ICON Vehicle Dynamics

unnamed (4)The 2014 RAM 2500 4WD is a heavy-duty beast of a truck suited for use as a job site workhorse, a family toy hauler for those weekend getaways, or an off-road rig capable of taking some serious abuse in the dirt. The new RAM’s suspension has been completely redesigned with a radius arm front end and a multi-link, coil sprung rear. Because of this, ICON engineers had to step back and approach this platform from a new angle to develop an entirely new set of components that would deliver both ride quality and performance.  Read More→

unnamed (3)The Ford SVT Raptor is an extremely capable truck that has captured the attention of the off-road community over the past few years. Since the Raptor’s release ICON Vehicle Dynamics’ engineers have pushed this vehicle to extremes in order to develop the most sophisticated suspension components on the market. From the brutal deserts of the Southwest, to the deep snow of Michigan’s U.P., to the wooded trails of the East coast ICON suspension systems have been put to the test and performed flawlessly. Unable to leave “well-enough” alone, ICON is once again aiming to raise the bar in Raptor performance with the introduction of the RXT Rear Suspension System. Read More→

ICON 2011-UP Ford Ranger T6 Suspension Systems

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

unnamed (1)The 2011-UP Ranger T6 (or Global Ranger) is a mid-size pickup that has been dubbed “the most capable small pickup” that Ford has ever built. With a sturdy body-on-frame construction and a well-designed front and rear suspension layout, the Ranger T6 is a perfect platform for performance suspension upgrades. With this in mind the ICON engineering team went to work on the Ford, assessing the vehicle from front to back looking for possible wheel travel increases, improvements to damping ability, and weak points in the OE components. Read More→

ICON 2007-UP GM 1500 Suspension Systems

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

FITS ALUMINUM & STEEL SUSPENSION MODELS

4ICON Vehicle Dynamics’ 2007-UP GM 1500 1-3” suspension systems are designed to dramatically increase the on and off-road ride quality of Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. With wheel travel and ride quality in mind, ICON engineers researched each component of the GM platform’s suspension and addressed any areas where performance could be extracted. After this initial step, an array of products including coilovers, rear shocks, and upper control arms were developed and put to the test in varying terrain and extreme conditions. Once these products had seen many miles of on and off-road abuse without failure, they were organized into several stages that deliver unique levels of performance to the vehicle. Read More→

ICON 2005-UP Toyota Hilux Suspension Systems

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

5ea8daf9-791d-4873-b522-507a0b13fbdcAlthough many think the Hilux is more or less similar to a Tacoma it is, in fact, a very different vehicle. The frame is very stout, and the rear suspension is designed for quite a bit more load and service than a Tacoma. These differences prompted an approach to this international chassis that was quite different than the USDM counterpart. In standard fashion, ICON engineers took an all-encompassing approach and addressed the Hilux’s suspension as a whole rather than focusing on one particular component. The result of this is a dramatic increase in wheel travel and damping ability, translating into outstanding vehicle control and ride quality both on and off-road. Read More→

jeep-jk-suspension-lift-stage-1ICON Vehicle Dynamics is proud to announce the 2007 to current Jeep Wrangler JK 4.5” suspension system line up. Hours of development on the computer, on the lift, on the shock dyno, in the desert, and on the trails and slick rock of Moab have resulted in what ICON believes to be the best suspension systems on the market for the Jeep JK. While the ability to flex and the delivery of a soft ride tend to be a focus with lift kits, ICON’s 4.5” Suspension System aims to strike a perfect balance between wheel travel, articulation, ground clearance, and precise on and off-road handling characteristics. With these goals met, ICON-equipped JK’s can take on rolling desert whoops at upwards of 50 miles per hour, crawl over obstacle-riddled trails, and drive back home in comfort all in the same day. Read More→

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 ICON Vehicle Dynamics has re-staged our 2011-Current Chevrolet & GMC 2500/3500 HD suspension systems. After long-term ride testing and tuning, ICON feels the front 2.0 shocks are unable to provide a quality riding system both on and off-road without being overworked prematurely.

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ICON 2007-UP Jeep JK Steering Stabilizer Kit

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

ICOM Jeep Wrangler JK Steering StabilizerICON Vehicle Dynamics has recently developed a high-clearance steering stabilizer kit for the 2007-UP Jeep Wrangler JK that not only increases damping ability, but also relocates the stabilizer up and out of the way of rocks, brush, and other trail hazards. Replacing the stock stabilizer with the ICON unit reduces feedback to the steering wheel by way of an ICON 2.0 Aluminum Series shock that’s been tuned specifically for the Jeep JK. This translates into more comfortable and more consistent steering characteristics both on and off-road. Read More→

ICON 2014 F-150 Suspension Release

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

ICON Ford F-150ICON Vehicle Dynamics 2014 F-150 suspension systems are designed with maximum performance and the serious driver in mind. The primary focus of ICON engineers is to increase wheel travel and damping ability, which translates into outstanding vehicle control and ride quality both on and off-road. An in-depth R&D process including suspension articulation, ride tuning, and dyno testing allowed us to develop products that are engineered to work specifically for that vehicle. We have assembled several unique stages of suspension systems for the 2014 4WD F-150, ranging from a standard coilover and shock setup to the all-out Stage 5 system that extracts the most performance from the vehicle utilizing larger, more technologically-advanced components. Read More→

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ICON RAM 2500/3500 Coilover Conversion Systems

Friday, February 14th, 2014

ICON Ram 3500 with coiloversThe 2003-2013 RAM 2500 / 3500 chassis is a solid foundation that makes for a competent heavy-duty work truck or a tough weekend warrior that’s able to take some serious off-road abuse. While these heavy-duty RAM trucks perform quite well off the lot, ICON Vehicle Dynamics engineers have spent a significant amount of time at the drawing board developing suspension systems to extract higher levels of performance. ICON’s new 3-5” Coilover Conversion Systems address the issue of a lack of adjustment in OEM components that may force RAM owners to set up their trucks for one situation or another. For example, maximum wheel travel and comfort may be experienced at a particular ride height, but when a winch setup or a snow plow is outfitted to the truck the front end is susceptible to a loss in height or ride quality. With the features of the ICON Coilover Conversion System, RAM owners can now make a simple change to the coil adjuster to acquire the look and performance they desire without adding parts or sacrificing ride quality.

ICON Ram coilover reservoir

The RAM Coilover Conversion System has been tested and tuned to offer comfort, stability, and drivability over a wide range of terrains. 2.5” remote reservoir coilover shocks provide exceptional ride characteristics while tubular steel or billet aluminum link arms add strength and decrease bushing bind. ICON offers several staged systems that include upgraded components and additional features along with all parts required for a straightforward install. ICON’s unique CDC (Compression Damping Control) Valve can be incorporated into the RAM Coilover Conversion System for the ultimate in adjustability and user-defined tuning.

ICON Ram Coilover Kit

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Adjustable ride height 3-5″ lift height
  • Increased ride quality over stock with no change in towing capacity
  • Decreased body roll
  • ICON engineered 2.5 coilover shocks with Eibach coils
  • Corrosion-resistant CAD plated shock body
  • 7/8 polished NitroSteel® shaft
  • Remote reservoir for consistent damping at extreme temperatures
  • Tubular steel upper and lower links feature dual rate bushing assemblies
  • Correctly positioned steering and track bar components
  • No drive shaft modifications needed

SEMA: 10 Best New Products

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Without a doubt, SEMA is the world’s largest automotive aftermarket show. It attracts over 2,000 vendors, thousands upon thousands of visitors, and more show cars than you can imagine. For a car guy, it’s the closest thing to heaven on earth you’ll probably ever find—oh, and it’s in Las Vegas, which doesn’t suck either. Each year the automotive aftermarket launches their best new products at the show, while it took a bit to sift through the Chinese knock-offs, we ended up finding quite a bit of gear you’re going to love.  Read More→

SEMA 2013: 40 Awesome Off-Road Vehicles

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Every year SEMA attracts hundreds of the world’s most excellently modified vehicles, from motorcycles that make you go “how does that work” to tuners so low you wonder how they can get over a speedbump…much less a pothole, SEMA is the place. But it’s not just the cars that make people come to the world’s largest aftermarket show for, there’s also the 4WDs. If there’s a single hot vehicle at this year’s SEMA show, it’s without a question the Jeep Wrangler JK—but there’s plenty of other vehicles here too. From rock crawlers, to rock racers, trophy trucks, and prerunners, almost everything is at SEMA—don’t miss it.  Read More→