For the ultimate performance, ride quality and suspension tuning we strongly recommend adding a secondary shock to your long travel kit. All of our long travel kits have tabs on the lower arms to accept a secondary shock and all you need to do is add the secondary shock upper mounts.
While a single coil over works great adding a second shock takes the suspension to the next level. Adding a second shock effectively doubles the shock damping and dramatically helps with shock fade during extended off road abuse. The other huge benefit of the secondary shock is the ability to add bypass tubes for position sensitive tuning. Being able to control the shocks at different points in the travel really helps to eliminate things like hard bottom outs while still having a comfortable ride.
We have a wide variety of shocks available that will work with our kit and you can go from mild to wild depending on you budget. The most cost effective option is to add a King 2.5" smooth body shock.
The next step up from the smooth body series is the King free-bleeds. The free-bleed single-tube bypass shocks are custom made by King Shocks to JD Fabrication specifications. They provide similar suspension performance befits and the adjustability of traditional multi-tube bypass shocks without the noise, complexity, or expense. The single bypass tube gives you the ability to quickly and easily adjust ride with a simple turn of a screw. The suspension can be adjusted to be as firm as or as soft as you like. This is the kind of adjustable shock valving that fits every on- and off-road need. When you load up the truck for the weekend with extra gear, the increased weight of only a few hundred pounds can adversely affect the ride, making the truck very sloppy. You can now remedy that problem with the simple turn of a screw. Another cool thing about these shocks is that we give it a 3-inch hydraulic bump zone and a 1-inch hydraulic droop zone. So on a 10-inch shock for example, you would have 6 inches of shock adjustability and the last 3 inches become an internal bump stop. The last 1-inch of droop is used to slow the shock down to keep the axle from slamming on your limit straps and other components.
For all out, maximum tuning ability we also offer multi tube bypass shock for your Tacoma long travel kits. The bypass shocks give you all the benefits of the free-bleeds with the ability to adjust compression and rebound independently. Please keep in mind the multi tube bypass shocks have check valves inside the tubes that are noisy. If you truck is a daily driver then please take the additional noise into consideration before placing your order.
All shocks are available in 2.5 and 3.0 versions and our long travel kit and secondary shock mounts work with either size.
Please note we do not stock these shocks and they are all made to order. The lead times on the shocks are 100% based on Kings production schedule which we have no control over.