||Disassembly of both brands was
relatively straightforward. The tools necessary were: Crescent Wrench,
Shock End Cap Spanner, Small Flathead Screw Driver, Large Internal Snap
Ring Pliers, Small Allen Wrench, and a Rubber Mallet.
||FOX: The bearing assembly body is made
of 6061 aluminum. The Slit in the side of the bearing assembly made purging the air
out of the shock easy. The seals are made of Buna. The internal bearing is
made of bronze with a teflon coating. Retails for $35
complete w/seals. (Part # 812-07-002-a) or $20 w/o seals (Part# 203-00-003-b)
||KING: The bearing assembly is made of 6061
aluminum. The aluminum washer on top of the main seal of Kings
Bearing Assembly retains the main seal. King's Shock seals are made of
Buna. The internal bearing or guide bushing is made of bronze with a teflon coating.
||FOX: The Spring Divider from Fox is made from
injection molded glass impregnated nylon and Retails for $15. (Part #
||KING: The Spring Divider or Floater is made
out of either urethane, injection molded glass impregnated nylon or billet aluminum,
depending on what you order from KING. The polyurethane divider retails
for $15 The nylon divider retails for $15 and the aluminum floater retails for $50
The spring divider pictured is nylon and significantly thicker.
||FOX: The dust cap is made of
anodized blue. The Scraper seal is made of a compound called "Buna".
||KING: The dust cap is made of 6061 aluminum,
and the scraper seal is made of a compound called "Buna"..
||FOX: The Snap Ring from Fox is one heavy duty
unit. These are made of steel and gold zinc plated. Retail is $2 (Part #038-00-008-a)
||KING: These are standard snap rings made of
||FOX: While this type of lower spring seat
involves more parts, it allows maximum coil spring length to be utilized.
The spring seat is made of 6061 aluminum and anodized blue. The
retaining clips are made of steel. The spring seat retails for $25
(Part# 234-00-032-a). The retaining clips retail for
$9ea (Part# 234-00-031-a) The o-ring retails for $1
||KING: These lower
spring seats are of solid
design. They install by slipping over the shaft and lower eyelet, and are
made of 6061 aluminum. One drawback of this design is reduced usable shock
travel. Shown is the 2" raised lower spring seat. Retails for $30
||FOX: The IFP (Internal Floating Piston) from
Fox is substantially lighter than King's. This reduces the momentum of the
oil as it plunges in and out of the reservoir. The wear band is made of
teflon. The IFP retails for $20 w/o-ring (Part# 805-00-001-a)
or $18 w/o o-ring (Part# 223-00-005-b) The wear band
retails for $3.50 (Part# 002-00-005-b)
||KING: The wear band is made of hard teflon
and the Floating piston is made of 6061 aluminum. The solid aluminum
floating piston is heavy, but additional machining translates to
||FOX: The working piston is made from hard
anodized 6061 aluminum
and the wear band is made of a hard plastic called "PEET" The piston's overall diameter was
measured at 2.268". The wear band's height was measured at .37"
||KING: The working piston is made from 6061
aluminum and the wear band is made from a teflon bronze composite. The
pistons overall diameter was measured at 2.379" the wear bands height
was measured at .5"
|FOX: The compression side of the working
piston has four ports covered by seven shims varying in thickness based on
the shock's valving. The ports are ovalized as well as conically bored.
The minimum flow area we measured is .844 in².
The rebound side of the working piston has
four circular ports bored conically. The shim stack consists of six shims
of varying thickness based on valving chosen. Each port was measured at
.31" in diameter yielding a total flow area of .302 in².
|KING: The compression side of the working
piston has six ports covered by six shims that vary in thickness based on
the shocks valve rate. The diameter of each port is .375" making the
minimum flow area .663 in² the ports
are bored straight.
The rebound side of the piston has three ports at
.329" diameter each. There are six shims that vary in thickness on the
rebound side based on valve stacks used. Total area for flow on the
rebound ports is .255 in² The ports are bored
||FOX: The heim spacers from Fox are made of
4130 chromoly steel.
||KING: The heim spacers from King are made of
4130 chromoly steel.
||FOX: The shaft spacers are machined from 6061
||KING: The shaft spacer is made of 6061
||FOX: The reservoir end cap is made of
6061 aluminum and anodized blue. Fox utilizes a special brass schrader valve with
an o-ring seal built in. Shock pressures can vary widely depending upon
||KING: The reservoir end cap is made from 6061
aluminum and anodized blue. The schrader valve uses a standard stainless
steel 1/8" NPT thread pitch and seals with teflon tape. Shock pressures
can vary widely depending upon setup.
||FOX: These valve shims are made of Sandvik 20
steel and then tumbled to remove any sharp edges. The shims can vary in
diameter from 2" - .8" and in thickness from .006" - .015". Shim stacks
are different from compression to rebound in number and size. Shims sell
for $1 ea or slightly less in a stack. They are also available in a kit
||KING: The engineering Dept. at King would not disclose the
material their shims are made of, but based on our observations we would
guess spring steel. Shim stacks utilize six different diameters: 1.75",
1.6", 1.45", 1.3", 1.15", and 1.01". Thickness options are: .008", .010",
.012", .015", and .020". Shims sell for $2.75 ea or
$16 per stack.
||FOX: These stop washers keep the shock from
overextending. The washer is made from stamped steel.
||KING: These stop washers keep the shock from
overextending. The washer is made of stamped steel.
||FOX: These washers are designed to be
adjustable for the different height and type of shim stacks utilized. Fox
uses a lock nut to retain the working piston and shaft assembly
components. These are torqued to 35 ft/lbs.
||KING: The top nut on the shaft is a heavy
duty jam nut. Red Locktite is used to keep the nut from backing off.
Different height washers are available for purchase from King. Maximum
torque is significantly higher.
||FOX: The reservoir from Fox has the advantage
of more oil capacity and greater surface area for cooling. The ribs also
provide extra strength. Fox reservoirs are made from low carbon DOM steel
tubing. Length is 14".
||KING: The reservoir
body is made from 6063 drawn aluminum tube. While aluminum radiates heat
better we have found that the tube and the floating piston have .005"
looser tolerances, thermal expansion slightly exacerbates this. This is the main reason
we find small amounts of oil bypassing the floating piston and moving into
the nitrogen chamber. Length is 10.75".
||FOX: The eyelets from Fox are made of 6061
aluminum and always come with a rubber bump stop. Fox also utilizes FK Rod
Ends for their spherical bearings.
||KING: The eyelets are made from 6061 aluminum
with rubber bumpers available upon request. King would not disclose the
bearing manufacturer used.
||FOX: 17-4 Stainless steel shafts are utilized
on all Fox Shocks except for the 1.25" and 1.625" shaft air shocks. The
shafts on the 2.5 shock pictured is .875" in diameter.
||KING: The material
used would not be disclosed but we believe the shafts to be made of steel and hard chrome plated. A nice advantage of King shocks is
the chamfered edge where the seal assembly slips over. This makes for easy
reassembly without galling the wiper seal.
||FOX: A close up of the spring seat retaining
clip groove and rubber bumper.
||KING: An unfortunate effect of damaged
chromed steel shafts is rust pitting. If not properly lubricated and
protected the rust will continue to corrode the shaft and possibly damage
the seals and internal bearing.
||FOX: The reservoir lines are made from
Aeroquip High Pressure Hose and Steel reusable fittings. The hose is -10
and pressure rated to 1750 psi with 6 layers. All Fox shocks utilize
o-ring sealed steel JIC fittings. One drawback of this heavy duty hose is
it is less flexible.
||KING: The reservoir lines are made from
Aeroquip Racing Hose and crimped steel fittings. The hose is -10 and
pressure rated to 250 psi with 3 layers. King Shocks use pipe thread with
teflon tape to seal their fittings. One drawback of the low pressure hose
is the relatively small amount of compression ratio adjustment available.
||FOX: The shock body is made from low carbon
DOM steel tubing then honed and threaded. Fox top caps are smaller in
diameter than the body allowing spring hardware to be removed from the top
of the shock. This makes converting to triple rate easier. We
measured the tubing at 2.557" x .120".
||KING: The shock body is made from low carbon
DOM steel tubing then honed and threaded. The top cap must be removed to
install or remove coil hardware. This makes triple rate hardware more
difficult to install. We measured the tubing at 2.62" x .127".
||FOX: Seal kits for this shock retail for $15.
||KING: Seal kits for this shock retail for $20