Project Tundra: Assembling the Ultimate Off Road Drop In Suspension!

The Icon 3.0 shock is massive compared to the 2.5 shock we were running.  It has internal hydraulic bump and top-out stops, a huge 3″ piston, and longer travel.

The Icon 3.0 shock has a huge 3″ piston and you can see how fat the shock body is to contain it.

You can also see how much bigger the remote reservoir is on the 3.0 to handle the greater fluid displacement that the bigger piston and rod require.


An internal cutaway diagram of the 3.0 shock shows how the dual piston internal bypass system works.  We did a detailed article about the shock previously.

The 3.0 shock is installed in place of the 2.5 shock.


  1. Such an awesome shop truck. If I still lived in california I would love to have you work on my regular cab Taco work truck. Currently sitting pretty with a Ute flat bed, bilstein trd pro spec dampers, OME leaf pack, & lightweight scs wheels, and corbeau GTS2 seats to avoid scoliosis. Suspension is good enough but still leaves a bit to be desired

  2. I used to sell those trucks. I was always surprised how much people would pay for a used Taco, when they could get a Tundra. They were paying more for the old Tacos than the new ones. I never understood that, at all. Especially, considering the E-diff and traction modes.

    1. The tacoma was more practical and easier on the wallet for many folks. First gen tacomas have a cult following and not everyone is on the wagon with the pricier new tacomas. What’s not impressive is the gas mileage on the newer tacomas and tundras lol.

      1. That’s interesting. I never knew why people loved the old Tacos. I guess technology isn’t everything for some people. Truly disappointing about the fuel economy, though.

        The one thing that is impressive is the auto loans they have these days, which are basically mini-mortgages. I know it’s a bit of a scam, though. It gets you to buy something that you really can’t afford.

    2. I went with a Tacoma because of the size. Full-size trucks are too damn big. A Tacoma is pretty much the smallest thing you can get nowadays. If someone offered a compact truck I would have gone that way but they’re all deader than the dinosaurs.

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