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Ironman 4x4
20th August 2014, 02:03 PM
Hey Guys,

As I'm sure many of you have probably seen on our Facebook page, today is the grand release of our Foam Cell Pro shocks!

These shocks are a no compromise product, built to tackle anything you throw at them from, the daily school run to a run across the canning or simpson. These shocks are an evolutionary step for our suspension program, combining all the best elements of shocks into a single product.

These have been designed for Australian conditions and we'd challenge anyone to find a better bolt on shock - infact we dare you to compare! Remote res, competitor foam cell etc. We have built these to be the best. We looked at all options for technology and design, including remote res, and decided upon a Foam Cell twin tube due to their robust design and excellent performance offroad.

They have a 3mm outer steel tube (which is as thick as our bullbars) so they are one tough unit!

RRP is $220 for shocks and $286 for the height adjustable struts. So not only are they an amazing shock, they are also excellent value!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Punderhead
20th August 2014, 05:32 PM
Is the 220 per shock, for a pair, or a set of four? Do they come to suit a 4" lift? What testing has been done?

Cheers

89GQ
20th August 2014, 09:40 PM
built stronger for sure, interested on pricing , good range standard to 8 " lift.

Ironman 4x4
20th August 2014, 10:15 PM
Is the 220 per shock, for a pair, or a set of four? Do they come to suit a 4" lift? What testing has been done?

Cheers

It's $220 per shock. So that makes it $880 for all 4x corners.

Ironman 4x4
20th August 2014, 10:19 PM
Is the 220 per shock, for a pair, or a set of four? Do they come to suit a 4" lift? What testing has been done?

Cheers

Hey Mate, yes they come for a 4" kit too. We'll be doing 2, 4, 8 and 8" kits.

And we've dont a lot of testing using dynos for long term longevity testing of the components (I'll post up a video link tomorrow) and we've also done some 70,000-100,000km (can remember off the top of my head) of testing on our company vehicles both on and offroad around Australia (across a range of models). We've also had some armored vehicle and defense vehicles overseas using them for over 12 months now (and those armored vehicles are generally around 5 ton).

catchinjack
22nd August 2014, 09:18 AM
Got the white foam cells and they suck, can't wait to get rid of them.

Ironman 4x4
22nd August 2014, 09:36 AM
Got the white foam cells and they suck, can't wait to get rid of them.

Catchinjack,

As I've already said on the 4x4 Earth Forum when you said the same thing that I'm here and happy to help out with any issues you might have. Shoot me a Pm with your vehicle, your accessories, your loads and the type of driving you're doing along with what your having issues with them and I'll see what I can do to help sort you out.

Cheers,

Matt
Ironman 4x4

Maxhead
22nd August 2014, 03:54 PM
That's pretty good service in my opinion Catchinjack. Jump on board, PM Matt and let them try and sort it out for you.

jay see
24th August 2014, 01:28 PM
Got the white foam cells and they suck, can't wait to get rid of them.

I had these in my surf. Couldn't fault them. This is one that's already on the to do list.

Ash89GQ
29th August 2014, 07:31 AM
Currently doing my research to fit new shockers and springs to my GQ, how would these compare to Koni 82s or 88s matched with King springs?

Ironman 4x4
29th August 2014, 09:49 AM
Currently doing my research to fit new shockers and springs to my GQ, how would these compare to Koni 82s or 88s matched with King springs?

Hey Ash89GQ,

The Foam Cell Pro is a much larger shock absorber, and is constructed of stronger and thicker materials. The Foam Cell Pro uses foam cell technology over standard hydraulic design. Both are re-buildable and valved to suit heavy duty springs (though each has their own specific valving). The Ironman 4x4 foam cell pro is available to suit a range of lifts (2", 4", 6" & 8"). Beyond that mate it comes down to personal preference and price (Ironman 4x4 Foam Cell Pros are $220 per shock - to suit a 2" lift).

In terms of stronger and thicker, our shocks have a 3mm wall (as thick as our bullbars - which makes them bloody tough) where as a standard aftermarket shock (and this isn't specifically a Koni) are generally around 1.4-1.6mm thick.

I'm not going to slag the Konis. They are a good shock, but I believe the price and strength of our foam cell pros (as well as their excellent ride) makes them a very competitive shock in the market.

Hope that helps mate!

Cheers,

Matt
Ironman 4x4

NoRush
15th September 2014, 02:00 PM
gday matt just wonder how these shocks have gone since there release ? for $220 does that include spring aswell ? {newbie}
cheers brent

Ironman 4x4
15th September 2014, 02:32 PM
gday matt just wonder how these shocks have gone since there release ? for $220 does that include spring aswell ? {newbie}
cheers brent

Hey Brenttp,

They have flown off our racks in the warehouse. We've already sold out of pretty much all of our first batch! Now saying that, that's us being sold out, not our distributors (though they are selling fast as well!).

Our next batch is due to arrive soon though!

As for price, $220 is just for each shock mate. We charge $165 a pair for coils at the front, and between $187-275 for a pair of rears.

Cheers,

Matt
Ironman 4x4

p.s. feel free to give me a yell with any more questions mate. I'm happy to answer whatever I can.

kevin07
15th September 2014, 04:13 PM
That's pretty good service in my opinion Catchinjack. Jump on board, PM Matt and let them try and sort it out for you.

well i had a problem with an ironman product which they sorted out no problems so contacting them with your problem is definately the way to go.

hempo
1st October 2014, 08:29 AM
Hi guys, just had the 2 inch installed on my 2013 GU yesterday. Sitting around 65mm at the moment. Drive's really well, so much better than the OE set up.

Will keep you posted how it goes.

Cheers

Rocket55
1st October 2014, 01:50 PM
Hi Matt,

I'm looking at putting a 3-4" lift in at the moment and having trouble deciding on shocks as there's so many to pick from...

You can get a remote resivour adjustable Profender for the same price and remote res Amada Extremes for another $60, what's the pros and cons of yours over these others?

beast_GU
6th December 2014, 09:27 PM
Any further info on these shocks?
looking at running with king springs possible.

Cheers

catchinjack
9th December 2014, 07:40 AM
My foam cells leaked oil and failed, wouldn't touch them again, ended going Raw ones and they're going strong.

Ironman 4x4
12th January 2015, 10:25 AM
Hi Matt,

I'm looking at putting a 3-4" lift in at the moment and having trouble deciding on shocks as there's so many to pick from...

You can get a remote resivour adjustable Profender for the same price and remote res Amada Extremes for another $60, what's the pros and cons of yours over these others?

Hey Rocket55,

I'm so sorry I missed your post!

In regards to the differences/pros/cons.

These are a twin tube design as opposed to the mono-tube design of remote res shocks. Twin tube design by their structure are more resilient to physical damage. You can damage the outer shell of the shock (i.e. dent it) without affecting the shocks ability to perform. Do that on a mono-tube and suddenly the piston cant travel along the tube as there isn't a straight channel available.

Additionally the outer walls of the Foam Cell Pro shocks are 3mm thick, which to put it in perspective is as thick as our bullbars! Your shocks being one of the most vulnerable components on your 4x4 are subject to a lot of punishment, and this extra thick wall goes a long way to ensuring they'll be more than capable of doing the distance!

Being such a large bore shock, they are also able to take a huge amount of oil (generally around 750mm). This is easily equivalent or greater than the capacity of many remote res shocks. And the reason you want more oil is that it assists in keeping your shock cool and at ideal operating temperatures. Also using foam cell technology they are less susceptible to foaming and are very efficient at dispersing heat.

They are also like many of the remote res shocks rebuild-able and re-valvable via shim stacks (not recommended for home adjustment unless you know what you are doing!).

And finally the other advantage is you don't have a remote res canister to mount and the addition vulnerable points such as hoses - not to mention making installation much easier!

There are plenty of other little features like the quality of oil and seals we use, but in the end it comes down to what sort of style you are looking for. These shocks are bulletproof and have been developed from the ground up to be used across Australia. We wanted to minimize the number of vulnerabilities that they have to ensure that when you are travelling remotely you can rely on them and not worry about a stray stone denting your shock and locking it up (as can happen with a mono-tube). We looked closely at remote res as an option, and whilst great for racing, they aren't as ideally suited to touring (in our opinion) as a twin tube shock. So we looked closely at how we could get a twin tube shock to match many of the positive features of a remote res mono-tube, but without any of the vulnerabilities or disadvantages. Remote res shocks will probably make your rig look like it's got more bling :P but then we all know bling isn't everything!

Cheers,

Matt
Ironman 4x4

Rocket55
12th January 2015, 12:39 PM
No problems Matt. Thanks for the detailed and in depth reply.

Bling is only welcome on my wagon if it serves a purpose . . . . and that purpose could simply be just looking good :cool:

mudnut
12th January 2015, 02:31 PM
Two years ago, my father found a bloke stranded somewhere near Alice springs that had ALL FOUR shocker towers cracked or busted off because he had foam cell shockers fitted to his late model Land Cruiser. Now I don't know the brand, but that info has put me off getting foam cell shockers. Have you had any returns or heard of this happening to any of yours or other branded products?

Winnie
12th January 2015, 02:36 PM
Two years ago, my father found a bloke stranded somewhere near Alice springs that had ALL FOUR shocker towers cracked or busted off because he had foam cell shockers fitted to his late model Land Cruiser. Now I don't know the brand, but that info has put me off getting foam cell shockers. Have you had any returns or heard of this happening to any of yours or other branded products?

How do you know that having foam cell shocks was the cause of the problem?

mudnut
12th January 2015, 02:38 PM
I don't, but apparently the shocks were new.

Ironman 4x4
12th January 2015, 03:02 PM
Two years ago, my father found a bloke stranded somewhere near Alice springs that had ALL FOUR shocker towers cracked or busted off because he had foam cell shockers fitted to his late model Land Cruiser. Now I don't know the brand, but that info has put me off getting foam cell shockers. Have you had any returns or heard of this happening to any of yours or other branded products?

I'd very much doubt that the cause of this issue was the shocks themselves, unless they either had been valved solid or were so long the shocks were bottoming out before the spring and bump stop. Either way something VERY wrong has happened for all 4 to break!

Our Foam Cell shocks are by far our most reliable and best shocks we do. There is a reason our Foam Cell Pro series was designed using Foam Cell technology. It's reliable, robust and effective.

Cheers,

Matt
Ironman 4x4

mudnut
14th January 2015, 05:05 PM
No worries, thanks Matt.