We started seeing ads for Foxís new Float Shox around the start of the season. Skeptical, we didnít pay much attention until Racer 450 viewers started asking us about them. We decided to give Fox a call, a few days later the friendly neighborhood UPS man dropped off a set.
Although it wonít make your ATV perform better, itís always nice to see a cool box when spending a large sum of money. Fox didnít skimp, the Fox Box was cool. The problem was there couldnít be a set of shocks in the box, it didnít weigh enough.
Much to our surprise, there were two. Itís just that, these shocks are light. They weighed less than half the weight of the triple rate shocks we were replacing. Like any shock, the install was easy. Push in a couple bearings and seals; insert two bolts, screw on the supplied roost guards and youíre done. The shocks only mount in one direction so you canít mess that up. It only takes a few minutes because there are no reservoirs to fight with.
After the quick install we stepped back to appreciate the new equipment. We have to admit, these shocks are cool. The photos you see in ads donít do them justice. Now, off to the whoopsÖ
When installing new shocks we always recommend taking an easy ride and giving your shocks some break in time. We took these shocks straight to the deepest and most washed out whoop section we could find. Hey, this is a testing section.
On the first run (2nd gear/half throttle) they performed well. On the second run (2nd/gear pinned) they performed even better. We ended up making five straight passes without a bad result, at least from the shocks. The whoops were so rough on one pass the ignition shut off (due to a Tech 8 keychain swinging) and on another pass we lost the seat and rear fenders. If these shocks were going to fail, they would have done it here.