montero Fox Shocks

Hooniverse Asks: Are you loyal to a car parts brand for more than car stuff?

My old Montero has Fox shocks. It’s the 2.0 shock and I have them bolted in front and rear. I love them. They work well and provide a great ride both on and off-road. There’s another ride in my garage that also has Fox shocks but it doesn’t have an engine. Not, smartass, it’s not the Wombat. It’s my mountain bike!

My bike is a 2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.8. Yes, the original purchase price of the bike is higher than the price I paid to acquire the Montero. I traded in an older bike and waited for a sale before jumping on my bike. And it comes equipped with Fox shocks both front and rear. It has 140 mm of front travel and 130 mm of travel on the tail. And yes even though it’s nerdy as hell, I love that both my truck and my bike run shocks from the same brand. Hopefully, BFG doesn’t also start making KO2s for bikes or I’ll be spending even more money on this thing…

Do you have any similar instances in your life right now? Are you loyal to a brand that crosses over beyond the automotive space?

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21 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Are you loyal to a car parts brand for more than car stuff?”

  1. OA5599 Avatar

    When I had a stroller-aged child, I considered a Jeep stroller for the back of the Jeep, but ultimately found that models from more traditional stroller brands had better features for the same price point.

    Why would anyone buy a bicycle named “Fuel”? Is that the same thought process as a morbidly obese guy getting nicknamed “Tiny”?

    1. danleym Avatar

      We had a Jeep diaper bag… not sure if that was brand loyalty or not- my wife picked it out, and I didn’t care.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    I’m just about drawing a blank trying to think of any automotive manufacturer or aftermarket supplier that would cross over to another market. Tires, for sure. Maybe some automotive / maritime crossover. Other than that it’s just the pine tree air freshener people.

    When I were a wee boy I worked for a subsidiary of the McCord gasket company, and always felt a bit of loyalty towards them. I think I might have boughten a McCord valve cover gasket or something just for that connection. I also worked in a factory making parts for GM’s Throttle Body Injection (TBI) but that had nothing to do with my purchase of a TBI equipped GMC 1500.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      It depends on what you count. PPG sells a line of paints for cars and another for homes, Panasonic for electronics, Bosch, 3M, etc. There are probably a handful more that you use on a daily basis but had no idea they have an affiliate that is the world’s largest supplier of something mundane to the auto industry.

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        i’ve had a couple of Panasonic bikes. they were more than a novelty, Panasonic made lovely steel frames. mine were entry level, so they had solid but basic componentry, but the finish was great. i eventually moved onto a Bridgestone-framed frankenbike, which I still have but never use, and then a year or two ago to a bike from a company which makes no car parts.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Odd, I have 6 different Panasonic Lumix cameras, but that is about it with brand loyality.

  3. Neight428 Avatar

    If I could post pictures in the comments this is where I would put a picture of a Lamborghini tractor.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      Have you tried it in ASCII?

      |o | !
      __ |:`_|—‘-.
      (o)(o)——”._.’ (O) LAM

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        OK, I suppose the formatting doesn’t stay in place.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      you can, you just have to do it with HTML

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I tried and it didn’t work. Your image in that news thread earlier also disappeared.

        1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
          Jeff Glucker

          That’s odd… sigh, I’m going to have to find *another* commenting system. This one sucks.

          1. OA5599 Avatar

            Yes, please.

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            Yes, please, something with image functionality, log in, and that is compact enough to scroll through 10 comments without scrolling past 20 screens. The one that went rogue looked fantastic, maybe there is a way to make it work?

          3. mdharrell Avatar

            Another fun aspect of the current system is that about 25% of the time my upvotes get flagged as spam. Let me emphasize that it’s not my comments being flagged, but simply my attempts to upvote the comments of others. Sigh.

          4. Sjalabais Avatar

            Ditto, and I honestly use upvotes mostly to see what I’ve read already. That is a dangerous strategy now. 😛

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    I have had some car-branded shirts…

  5. Idaneck Avatar

    Does Honda power equipment count? Like their vehicles, pretty top notch stuff; durable, low emissions, intuitive, reasonably priced, and red engine covers!

    I have a Honda mower, trimmer, tiller, and snowblower.

    Also, I like Michelin tires on my vehicles and bicycles.

  6. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    I’m still hankering for a pair of Adidas trail runners with Conti tire soles, to match the Contis on my mountain bike. I’ve also had Michelin bicycle tires along with car tires. There are several companies that make bicyle parts as well as car or motorcycle stuff. At one point Dunlop made tires, tennis balls and sneakers

    Odd trivia the Fox clothing company is unrelated to the Fox suspension company.

  7. Lokki Avatar

    Well, of course I have a Porsche watch and Porsche sunglasses to go with my 996…. not to mention my Porsche kitchen knives….

    And then there are the unmentionables – my Porsche underwear….

  8. Robin Avatar

    Mitsubishi air-conditioner, fridge and lead pencils. Toyota Quiltmaster sewing machine.