Lexus GX470 and GX460 Icon Suspension :: News

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There is no question that the Lexus GX460 and GX470 have become wildly popular for overlanding, reflecting their near-ideal combination of capability, reliability, payload, and comfort. This breadth of capability makes them as suitable for daily driver duties as it does for driving around the world.  As a result, the aftermarket has responded with high-quality components and accessories to better support remote overland travel.

Icon Vehicle Dynamics was one of the leaders in suspension design for overlanding, engineering robust systems that improve limit handling, articulation, ground clearance, and payload. The rear of the system replaces the factory airbags, while the front converts the struts to adjustable coilovers. This bolt-on system improves wheel travel by 25 percent and includes larger shocks for improved fluid volume and heat management, all secured with ICON’s lifetime guarantee.

Here are the details from the press release.

The Lexus GX460 and GX470 are luxurious vehicles packed with “all the bells and whistles,” but underneath all of the sophistication, they are still very capable vehicles that see heavy use both on- and off-road. While the GX has exceptional ride characteristics in stock form, it is clear that the suspension is in need of a serious upgrade if the vehicle is to serve any measurable amount of time in the dirt. ICON Vehicle Dynamics has addressed this need for a comprehensive suspension solution and is proud to introduce several suspension systems that drastically increase the overall performance and ride quality of the 2003-2009 GX470 and 2010-UP GX460.

Holistic Engineering – the ICON Difference
When developing suspension components for a new vehicle, ICON takes a different approach than many others. Rather than focusing on one particular part, ICON engineers look at the vehicle as a whole, identify inherent strengths and weaknesses, and set a target for performance. With a focus on maximizing wheel travel and improving ride quality, ICON will develop components that address (and often times replace) OE limiting factors. This “holistic engineering” philosophy often results in the development of several parts designed to work together as a system to provide balanced on- and off-road performance. Because ICON is designing and manufacturing all of the components necessary to improve the performance of a vehicle from front to back, end-users can rest easy knowing they are dealing with ONE manufacturer, ONE standard of quality, and ONE awesome warranty to back it all up.

After hours of in-house R&D and thousands of miles of real-world testing, a collection of ICON components including coilovers, rear shocks, upper control arms, rear coil conversion kits, rear link arms, and track bars were organized into several staged suspension systems that each delivers a unique level of performance to the GX. A remarkable level of performance is established with ICON’s entry-level system and only improves as the stages increase, introducing more technology and more robust components. Additional shock technology like remote reservoirs, ICON’s CDC Valve, and 2-way bypass shocks are provided to drastically increase overall damping ability and allow for end-user ride adjustability. ICON offers two unique upper control arm and rear link arm options (tubular steel and billet aluminum) throughout its range of systems to allow for additional wheel travel, increased strength, adjustability, and improved suspension geometry for more predictable handling.

These suspension systems drastically improve the GX’s ride quality, reduce body roll, and provide a lift height range of 0-3.5 inches to allow for the fitment of larger, more aggressive wheel and tire combinations. By addressing the OE “limiting factors” with ICON components, our engineers were able to completely redefine the potential of the GX with wheel travel gains of over 25 percent! A bolt-on design also makes for simple and straightforward installation without the need for any custom fabrication or major modifications.

ICON Vehicle Dynamics products are proudly designed, manufactured, and assembled in Riverside, California, by a team of passionate off-road enthusiasts. With a reputation for quality, performance, and service it’s clear that ICON Vehicle Dynamics is the top choice for performance suspension systems and shock absorbers for enthusiasts that demand the highest levels of performance, ruggedness, and durability out of their suspension systems.


Height-adjustable coilovers provide a range of 0-3.5” inches of front lift height
Increased lift height allows for fitment of larger and more aggressive tires
Increased wheel travel with gains of over 25 percent
ICON shocks feature vehicle-specific tune for superior performance and ride quality
Corrosion-resistant anodized shock body with 5/8-inch shaft (2.0 Aluminum Series shocks)
Corrosion-resistant CAD plated shock body with 7/8-inch shaft (2.5 Series shocks)
Easy-to-adjust CDC Valve (compression damping control) has 10 compression damping settings to suit all types of driving styles across varying terrain and vehicle cargo setups
Omega Series two-tube bypass shock allows for 24 settings of compression and rebound damping adjustment
Remote reservoirs provide generous nitrogen and oil volume for enhanced cooling properties and consistent damping
2.5 Series Remote Reservoir rear shocks feature ICON’s Bump Zone technology which significantly increases damping ability in the last 2 inches of compression travel
FK Rod End bearings provide extended longevity and minimal deflection
Shocks are fully rebuildable and revalvable
ICON upper control arms allow for additional wheel travel (when paired with extended travel coilovers) while improving suspension geometry for predictable handling
Patent-pending Delta Joint combines the durability and weather resistance of a ball joint with the performance characteristics of a uni-ball
Delta Joint upper control arms carry ICON’s exclusive 5 year limited warranty
CNC-machined 6061 billet aluminum upper control arms allow for on-vehicle camber and caster adjustment
Billet aluminum rear upper and lower links offer on-vehicle pinion angle adjustment
Direct bolt-on design makes for a simple and straightforward installation
Lifetime guarantee against ICON fabricated component breakage or manufacturer defect

OEM wheels and tires: yes
Aftermarket wheels: 8.5 inches wide, 4.75-inch backspace
Aftermarket tires: 33 x 11.50
Recommended wheel: ICON alloys | 0MM Offset | 4.75″ B/S


GX460/GX470 rear coil conversion kit (part #56110)

GX460 models equipped with factory rear air ride suspension require ICON rear coil conversion kit (Part #56110)
GX470 models equipped with KDSS require ICON rear track bar (Part #54200)


Rear Air Ride Configurations
2003-2009 GX470 ALL TRIMS | Air Ride Rear
2010-2013 GX460 BASE | Coil Rear
2010-2013 GX460 PREMIUM | Air Ride Rear
2014-UP GX460 BASE | Coil Rear
2014-UP GX460 PREMIUM | Coil Rear
2014-UP GX460 LUXURY | Air Ride Rear

KDSS Configurations
2003-2004 GX470 | No KDSS available
2005-2009 GX470 SPORT | KDSS standard
2005-2009 GX470 NON-SPORT | KDSS available as option
2010-UP GX460 | KDSS standard on all models

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Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona