If you follow racing, the odds are good you're familiar with the FOX name. The company was started by the two Fox brothers ‐ Bob and Geoff ‐ back in the '70s when they started building shocks for motorcycles. Their Moto-X Fox race team was so strong, they challenged the factory teams, which was quite an accomplishment. Over the next four decades, FOX has expanded, but has always stayed true to their roots — creating superior suspension components. Now, FOX products are found on mountain bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, watercraft, military vehicles and trucks.
If you don't know about FOX, here are some FOX facts: FOX holds 144 patents and patents pending, they attend approximately 150 races a year globally, and they have racked up countless Trophy Truck and UTV wins in Baja and other off-road races. "FOX was founded when Bob and Geoff Fox saw a need for improvement and created the first air shock," said Bobby Smith, Design Engineer, Truck and Offroad, Fox. "The goal ‐ then and today ‐ is to always improve our products. Our company is made up of enthusiasts, and we partner with companies like Toyota and TRD, who are equally enthusiastic about their products."
It's easy to upgrade stock suspension by bolting on aftermarket shocks; but that's not the Toyota way, particularly when it comes to the TRD Pro line. That's why Bobby Smith and Jakin Wilson, Development Engineering Manager, TRD, worked together for over two years to create the ideal FOX shocks for the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro. "We started by looking at our customers' expectations for the TRD Pro model," said Jakin, "and they have extremely high expectations when it comes to off-road grip and handling driving over rocks. They also want to feel comfortable when driving on the highway. Trying to accomplish both of those goals is challenging."
"Toyota provided us with their targets," Bobby added, "Then we went to work to create a shock absorber that would be well balanced on all surfaces."
"For the first time, we used Toyota's Arizona Proving Grounds to refine the on-road characteristics of these shocks," said Jakin. "We wanted the shocks to perform well on Baja-style fast off-road driving, but also be comfortable on the road. Over the two-year period, we had three tuning sessions as well as multiple design variations to make sure they fit, were strong, worked in harmony with the truck, as well as delivered the durability, strength and safety that Toyota is known for."
The end result is a set of custom-built shock absorbers designed by FOX and tuned by TRD.
FOX does not make "one size fits all" shock absorbers — each shock absorber is designed for a particular vehicle or application. Their design, engineering and attention to detail make them the shock absorber of choice for everyone from race truck drivers to daily commuters all around the world.
One feature that enhances their on‐ and off‐road abilities is their proprietary Internal Bypass technology. Here's how it works: These shock absorbers have position sensitive damping — that means that they can adapt to any terrain on and off the road while in motion, thus providing a plush, predictable ride.
In the past, shock absorbers were "tuned" for compression and rebound damping (i.e., how quickly the shock compresses when it hits a bump; then how fast it returns to normal after hitting the bump). In the case of these FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD, the front shock absorbers have five compression zones (most conventional shock absorbers have one) and three rebound zones; while the rear shocks have seven compression zones and four rebound zones. While that may sound confusing, all you need to know is that these various "zones" translate into a confidence-inspiring ride on and off the road.
In addition, these FOX shocks feature all‐aluminum bodies and the rear shocks have a piggyback reservoir to help keep the oil inside the shocks at the optimum temperature for a precise ride. Plus, they feature the trademark red TRD springs, so they look as good as they handle.
True off‐road enthusiasts know that the TRD Pro models are more than cosmetics — they are truly tough trucks that have been engineered to deliver an exceptional driving experience. In addition to the FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD, here are the highlights of the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro:
This truck is so awesome, the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) recently awarded the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro with their Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas award!
"The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is the total package," said Jakin. Bobby added, "and people do not realize the performance gain that they get when they go with a high-performance shock absorber. FOX is passionate about our products and we realized that Toyota's TRD Pro buyers are even more demanding than our typical customers. They, too, are passionate about what they drive. And the proof is in the driving — the Tacoma TRD Pro is equally at home in the high desert as it is on the highway... it's a blast to drive."
"When it came to the suspension," Jakin added, "we set our targets and when we were done, I have to say that we exceeded our goals and expectations. This truly was a joint effort between TRD and Fox, and in the end, it's the driver who reaps the benefits."
The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is based on the ninth-generation Toyota Tacoma pickup. With the addition of all the TRD Pro equipment, it is even more off-road capable than its predecessors, appealing to extreme off-roading enthusiasts who know the value of body-on-frame construction, and want a truck that's ready for some of the harshest conditions. The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro with FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD raises the bar on TRD Pro performance and handling, thus making it the new benchmark for drivers who enjoy exploring challenging off-road terrain.
When it comes to suspension, it’s all about keeping all four tires in touch with the terrain for maximum traction and optimum control—because once you lose traction, there goes control.
TRD suspension components are designed using engineering data that was used in the original design of the vehicle. Aftermarket manufacturers cannot make that claim. Plus, every TRD component undergoes extensive testing and refinement to make sure they preserve the safety margins that were engineered into the vehicle right from the start. Finally, TRD suspension components are designed to work on their own or in harmony with other TRD components.
The end result is that TRD suspension components give you a unique mix of handling, performance and genuine TRD quality that no one else in the industry can match.