What is what: Emulsion, IFP & Remote Reservoir Shocks

August 29, 2020
What is what: Emulsion, IFP & Remote Reservoir Shocks
What is what: Emulsion, IFP & Remote Reservoir Shocks

Are you confused on which shocks to pick for your offroad car? What is what? Here you go, accutuneoffroad.com prepared a very easy to read and understand the description of each. Enjoy the read.

Emulsion Shock

emulsion shock
  • Oil and Nitrogen are mixed together in the main shock body.
  • Mixing shock oil and Nitrogen makes the damping inconsistent.
  • Single shock body, no reservoir.
  • Very little room for Nitrogen results in higher pressures.
  • High pressure = high friction = high temperatures = poor ride.
  • Both Nitrogen and shock oil is now being forced through the valving, instead of just oil.
  • Very high pressure makes the seals squeeze hard = wear out quicker.
  • Emulsion shocks are for someone on a budget, and not concerned about performance.
  • Fox discontinued the 2.0 smoothie emulsion shocks.

(IFP) Internal Floating Piston Shock

ifp shock
  • Oil and Nitrogen are separated by a floating piston.
  • Oil and Nitrogen are both in a single shock body.
  • Very little room for Nitrogen. Pressure can get very high.
  • High pressure makes the seals squeeze hard = wear out the faster and worse ride.
  • Not as much shock travel because the IFP needs room to move.
  • Nitrogen fill port can be very difficult to access.
  • Most 2.0’s are only rebuildable by the factory (expensive, or not an option).
  • IFP shock would be adequate for a mostly street driven vehicle that sees very little high-speed off-road use. These are considered a “throw-away” shock once they are worn out.
  • Prices of IFP Shocks starts from AED 601 for a single piece (Click for more).

Remote Reservoir Shock

remote reservoir shock
  • Oil and Nitrogen are separated by a floating piston inside the reservoir.
  • Main shock body dedicated to oil. The secondary reservoir holds some oil and mostly nitrogen.
  • Nitrogen in the reservoir keeps pressure on the shock oil in the main body.
  • The pressure is stable.
  • Nitrogen pressure helps with tuning, forcing oil through the main piston valving.
  • Stable pressures keep the shocks seals happy, and will last longer than IFP & Emulsion shocks.
  • Reservoir shocks come in a variety of shock sizes & lengths. 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0.
  • Piggyback shocks are also considered a remote reservoir shock.
  • Reservoir shocks have an option to add a compression adjuster (DSC or Mid Speed).
  • Most Fox and King remote reservoir shocks are fully serviceable & tunable.
  • Remote reservoir shocks should be used on any vehicle that wants better performance and comfort. Endless tuning options allow for the best ride quality.
  • The average price point for a 2.0 Aluminum Body Smoothie Shock in the USA: $280.00/each

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T’s and C’s apply. Images used are for illustration purposes only. The full article you can find on the following link: https://accutuneoffroad.com/ifp-vs-remote-reservoir-shocks/

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