A remote reservoir shock is a shock damper that uses a remote reservoir to house a dividing piston that. separates the shock oil and pressurized gas (almost always nitrogen) within the reservoir. Not to be confused with non-reservoir shocks which are almost always emulsion shocks. An emulsion shock is one that allows the gas and oil to mix. In some less common examples, there are non-emulsion, non-reservoir nitrogen-charged shocks that use a dividing piston above the traveling shock shaft within the main body of the shock. The problem
with this type of design is that it requires a longer shock body to accommodate the gas pocket, dividing
piston, and the allowed travel of the shock.

Reservoir shocks, whether remote (connected with a hose), or piggyback (directly on the main shock body, usually connected by some form of hardware), increase a monotube shock’s capabilities significantly. In most cases, reservoir shocks are also monotube gas design for superior heat dissipation paired with superior travel, you will rarely see a reservoir on a twin tube or emulsion shock.


  • With such a large volume of space for the oil and gas to operate in there is a dramatic difference for internal operating pressures which increases ride quality immensely.
  • Less pressure buildup with less wear leads to longer life – buy reservoir shocks if you want an upgraded suspension for life.
  • Further heat dissipation because of increased volume in extreme conditions yields better performance
  • Increased travel as there is more space for oil/gas when compared to a regular monotube.

Now you are probably saying YES that’s what I want but in reality is it what you NEED?

Reservoir shocks are designed for driving long distances on extremely rough tracks or fully loaded when roaming. When we say long we mean LONG. The aussies have trails that are over 600km and put a constant amount of stress on their shocks and usually they’re either hauling their trailer or a full canopy of goodies.
We do nothing like this in Trinidad ! Most trails in the Caribbean are short and slow. The strain on your suspension is minimal if any at all and due to the slow speed of trails typical mono tubes or twin tubes will never be able to heat up to the point where there is a decrease in performance.

We’ve also done some comparison and the travel lengths of popular remote res shocks such as the Bilstein and mono tube Bilstein which is ever popular in Trinidad and Tobago have the exact same travel. This means that the lets say 10″ of travel rated by the manufacturer can be achieved on both, the only difference being the price tag attached.

Our point is why go call out when you will never be able to properly utilize that shock. It may look great but the performance would be equal to that of a monotube.

So will it work for us in Trinidad? Most definitely YES
Would it make me look cooler ? Hell Yeah – Your ride will definitely look pimped.
Does it make sense I spend this extra for little or no performance increase ? Well that’s up to you !

If you need more advice on choosing the right shock absorber give us a call at 1-868-609-4ABS (4227) . Advice is always free. Choosing the right shocks is a investment. There is no need to pay extra for comfort and splurge when you can get the same results with a similar type shock at half the price !

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