Icon Shocks With 2.0 Digressive Piston

Icon Vehicle Dynamics – 2.0 Digressive Piston Review

While rebuilding some Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2.0 FJ Cruiser rear shocks we took the opportunity to snap some pictures and explain more how they work.

Icon Vehicle Dynamics Digressive Shocks

Icon Vehicle Dynamics advertises that they use digressive pistons in their shocks for better chassis control (handling). But as you can see in our Piston Tech Article, there are some downsides to extremely digressive damping, and that digressive pistons don’t always mean digressive damping. So we dug into the IVD shocks to figure out what’s really going on.

Linear Compression

IVD uses linear compression with large bleed and valve disks in a pyramid stack configuration. The result is a linear damping curve with good comfort on small bumps, and control on large ones.

IVD Shocks Linear Compression

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Digressive Rebound

Icon shocks use pistons designed to be digressive in rebound. However the rear FJ Cruiser shocks we opened up are using methods to make them act more linear. These methods include low digressive preload (probably 0.003″) and large bleed holes.

Icon Shocks Digressive Rebound

Inside an Icon Vehicle Dynamics FJ Cruiser Rear Shock


Icon Vehicle Dynamics improves the ride and control of their Digressive shocks by using linear compression, and marginally digressive rebound. By reducing the digressive nature of the shocks they are able to mitigate a lot of the downsides to digressive damping. The result is improved comfort on washboard and more control on big bumps (than a very digressive shock).


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    E says:

    Photos very helpful for a DIY rebuilder looking for stock build confirmation- especially helpful when buying used shocks!! Greatly appreciate the author posting this blog. IVD is very secretive about their goods….


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