In this MTB How To, we are going to install some volume spacers in to a Fox Float X2 rear shock. First we are going to go over what volume spacers are and why they can be important to getting the most performance out of your shock possible. Let's begin!
Air volume spacers allow you to tune the spring characteristics of your rear air shock. Adding a volume spacer to your rear shock reduces the volume of the positive air chamber. And of course removing a volume spacer increases the volume of the positive air chamber. With the maximum amount of volume spacers (ie. least air volume) the shock requires more force to compress at bottom. This means the shock is more progressive and that it ramps up at the bottom of the stroke. Check out the graphic below!
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There is no set answer to how many volume spacers you should use in your rear shock. Each bike has a different suspension leverage curve with different suspension characteristics. So for each bike, the number of volume spacers to get the most performance out of your Float X2 may change a little.
It is very important not to overfill the shock with air volume spacers. For each stroke length, Fox has a maximum amount of volume spacers that can be used. From a performance standpoint, you shouldn't have any reason to overfill the shock with air volume spacers.
For 2017, Fox has introduced a new volume spacer that can be installed while leaving the shock mounted to the bike. In 2016, the volume spacers were a one piece black rubber band. The new volume spacers are a two piece design and clip together inside the air can. This just takes one step out of the process from before.
Now before you release all the air from your rear shock, make sure you know what psi you ride with currently. If you don't know, it's as simple as attaching the shock pump on the shock and checking the pressure. Keep in mind after changing the amount of volume spacers in the rear shock, the air pressure needed in the shock to achieve the right amount of sag may change.
All of the 2017 or newer Fox Float X2 shocks should have a small set screw as a safety to keep the can from twisting while riding. If your shock doesn't have this set screw, don't worry, just skip this step!