Falcon Nexus 2.2 - First Driving Impressions

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So, I’ll open with this: I’ll refer to the Nexus 2.2 as a steering damper, as that is effectively what it is.
My 392 from the factory was darn near perfect. It tracked dead straight and was void of the typical Jeep dead spot at center. But it did have the typical leftward drift, typical of a non-pass through shock for the stabilizer, and of course the usual Jeep wander on the highway.

Over the past 16 months I did get a little spoiled with the 4R’s IFS, so full disclosure on that - but I’ve also never been too critical of the Jeep‘s driving traits. It’s part of its character and what gives it its unique charm. In the past, on both my JKs and JL, I’ve used Fox through shafts mainly to get rid of the significant fade after 15 minutes of abuse on the OEM stabilizer. I really wanted the Fox Racing Series ATS but didn’t think to order with enough lead time… so couldn’t get one anywhere.
So, based on recommendations here, and from the folks at RockRidge 4x4, I decided to give the Teraflex Falcon Nexus 2.2 a shot. I drove the 392 with the stock damper for 400 miles before swapping for the Nexus. I’ve put 50 miles on the medium setting, 50 miles on the firm setting, and just over 20 on soft.

The soft setting doesn’t serve much good on the road. It’s very loose, but it does fix the leftward drift. I think it’ll suit slow crawling perfectly, but I’ll reserve judgement for when I actually get it off road.

‘The firm setting is darn near perfect. I mean the “slop” is completely gone, and it has zero wander. The steering feels tight and responsive. Almost sporty. I will go as far as to say it ”feels” very similar to the TRD Pro’s IFS. Yup, it has that type of feel. Now, remember I said “darn near” perfect… the return to center fades about halfway there and you have to manually straighten the wheel. While that’s not all bad, it is sort of an annoyance for everyday driving. High speed desert running where you want full and total wheel control? Most likely. But your daily commute, not so much. I think it’ll also be very nice for longer highway-heavy road trips.

‘The medium setting is my sweet spot. Not loose feeling at all, but not quite as tight and sporty as firm. It has zero wander on the highway and a great feel, very natural feel, running around town and during commutes. It eradicated the highway wander almost completely and crosswinds don’t toss it around at all. It just feels tight and clean, maybe not SUV with IFS clean, but I’d say the closest comparisons would be that it seems to be as complacent as the F-150 and Ram 1500 current generations IFS systems where everything is smooth, but you still know you’re driving a full size truck. (edit. Thanks @dog !)

Overall, I am extremely happy with the Falcon Nexus. On highway, ruts, pot holes, and rough roads are non-existent as it just sucks them up with effortless recovery that isn't even transferred to the steering wheel. While it doesn’t have the 24 micro-adjustments like the Fox, I love that I can just select one of the three presets within seconds, and without tools. The dial is clearly labeled, easy to reach, and easy to adjust.
 
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So, I’ll open with this: I’ll refer to the Nexus 2.2 as a steering damper, as that is effectively what it is.
‘My 392 from the factory was darn near perfect. It tracked dead straight and was void of the typical Jeep dead spot at center. But it did have the typical leftward drift, typical of a non-pass through shock for the stabilizer, and of course the usual Jeep wander on the highway.

Over the past 16 months I did get a little spoiled with the 4R’s IFS, so full disclosure on that - but I’ve also never been too critical of the Jeep‘s driving traits. It’s part of its character and what gives it its unique charm. In the past, on both my JKs and JL, I’ve used Fox through shafts mainly to get rid of the significant fade after 15 minutes of abuse on the OEM stabilizer. I really wanted the Fox Racing Series ATS but didn’t think to order with enough lead time… so couldn’t get one anywhere.
So, based on recommendations here, and from the folks at RockRidge 4x4, I decided to give the Teraflex Falcon Nexus 2.2 a shot. I drove the 392 with the stock damper for 400 miles before swapping for the Nexus. I’ve put 50 miles on the medium setting, 50 miles on the firm setting, and just over 20 on soft.

The soft setting doesn’t serve much good on the road. It’s very loose, but it does fix the leftward drift. I think it’ll suit slow crawling perfectly, but I’ll reserve judgement for when I actually get it off road.

‘The firm setting is darn near perfect. I mean the “slop” is completely gone, and it has zero wander. The steering feels tight and responsive. Almost sporty. I will go as far as to say it ”feels” very similar to the TRD Pro’s IFS. Yup, it has that type of feel. Now, remember I said “darn near” perfect… the return to center fades about halfway there and you have to manually straighten the wheel. While that’s not all bad, it is sort of an annoyance for everyday driving. High speed desert running where you want full and total wheel control? Most likely. But your daily commute, not so much. I think it’ll also be very nice for longer highway-heavy road trips.

‘The medium setting is my sweet spot. Not loose feeling at all, but not quite as tight and sporty as firm. It has zero wander on the highway and a great feel, very natural feel, running around town and during commutes. It eradicated the highway wander almost completely and crosswinds don’t toss it around at all. It just feels tight and clean, maybe not SUV with IFS clean, but I’d say the closest comparisons would be that it seems to be as complacent as the F-150 and Ram 1500 current generations IFS systems where everything is smooth, but you still know you’re drinking a full size truck.

Overall, I am extremely happy with the Falcon Nexus. While it doesn’t have the 24 micro-adjustments like the Fox, I love that I can just select one of the three presets within seconds, and without tools. The dial is clearly labeled, easy to reach, and easy to adjust.
Great review!
Curious if anyone has pre/post experience with AEV steering stabilizer?
 
...everything is smooth, but you still know you’re drinking a full size truck.
I *do* like to know that I'm drinking a full size truck.

In all seriousness great review! I'm gonna drive home stock and then probably seriously consider something like this. Really appreciate the thorough breakdown!
 
I *do* like to know that I'm drinking a full size truck.

In all seriousness great review! I'm gonna drive home stock and then probably seriously consider something like this. Really appreciate the thorough breakdown!
I hate Siri! :mad:
 
Great review @YukonCornelius! Thank you! 🤓 (y)

I have been back and forth between the Fox Racing Series ATS and the Falcon Nexus 2.2. But just like you mentioned from the factory my 392 has been easy to drive and the OEM damper works just fine. This is my first Jeep, and I am impressed with the driving feel so I am in no particular rush to upgrade. Thanks for all the great info!
 
So, I’ll open with this: I’ll refer to the Nexus 2.2 as a steering damper, as that is effectively what it is.
My 392 from the factory was darn near perfect. It tracked dead straight and was void of the typical Jeep dead spot at center. But it did have the typical leftward drift, typical of a non-pass through shock for the stabilizer, and of course the usual Jeep wander on the highway.

Over the past 16 months I did get a little spoiled with the 4R’s IFS, so full disclosure on that - but I’ve also never been too critical of the Jeep‘s driving traits. It’s part of its character and what gives it its unique charm. In the past, on both my JKs and JL, I’ve used Fox through shafts mainly to get rid of the significant fade after 15 minutes of abuse on the OEM stabilizer. I really wanted the Fox Racing Series ATS but didn’t think to order with enough lead time… so couldn’t get one anywhere.
So, based on recommendations here, and from the folks at RockRidge 4x4, I decided to give the Teraflex Falcon Nexus 2.2 a shot. I drove the 392 with the stock damper for 400 miles before swapping for the Nexus. I’ve put 50 miles on the medium setting, 50 miles on the firm setting, and just over 20 on soft.

The soft setting doesn’t serve much good on the road. It’s very loose, but it does fix the leftward drift. I think it’ll suit slow crawling perfectly, but I’ll reserve judgement for when I actually get it off road.

‘The firm setting is darn near perfect. I mean the “slop” is completely gone, and it has zero wander. The steering feels tight and responsive. Almost sporty. I will go as far as to say it ”feels” very similar to the TRD Pro’s IFS. Yup, it has that type of feel. Now, remember I said “darn near” perfect… the return to center fades about halfway there and you have to manually straighten the wheel. While that’s not all bad, it is sort of an annoyance for everyday driving. High speed desert running where you want full and total wheel control? Most likely. But your daily commute, not so much. I think it’ll also be very nice for longer highway-heavy road trips.

‘The medium setting is my sweet spot. Not loose feeling at all, but not quite as tight and sporty as firm. It has zero wander on the highway and a great feel, very natural feel, running around town and during commutes. It eradicated the highway wander almost completely and crosswinds don’t toss it around at all. It just feels tight and clean, maybe not SUV with IFS clean, but I’d say the closest comparisons would be that it seems to be as complacent as the F-150 and Ram 1500 current generations IFS systems where everything is smooth, but you still know you’re driving a full size truck. (edit. Thanks @dog !)

Overall, I am extremely happy with the Falcon Nexus. On highway, ruts, pot holes, and rough roads are non-existent as it just sucks them up with effortless recovery that isn't even transferred to the steering wheel. While it doesn’t have the 24 micro-adjustments like the Fox, I love that I can just select one of the three presets within seconds, and without tools. The dial is clearly labeled, easy to reach, and easy to adjust.
Installed mine about a month ago and I agree with everything you said Yukon. Great review! I leave mine set at medium for day-to-day driving. I just drove from Vegas to Brian Head, UT yesterday and tried out the firm setting. It was VERY windy for most of the drive but the Falcon handled it well. I had a Fox ATS on my last JK and I like the Falcon much, much better. The ease of three settings vs 20-something works better for me. Case in point: I forgot to switch the setting to firm before I left and stopped about 20 mins down the road to do so. It was a breeze simply flipping the switch; no screwdriver necessary 👍
 
Thanks @cgrosen324 ! It was your final recommendation that swayed me to go Falcon. About 350 miles on it and love it!

BTW… love Brian Head! Great hiking and skiing. My daughter goes to school in Cedar City so we’re out there as much as we can get!
 
Installed mine about a month ago and I agree with everything you said Yukon. Great review! I leave mine set at medium for day-to-day driving. I just drove from Vegas to Brian Head, UT yesterday and tried out the firm setting. It was VERY windy for most of the drive but the Falcon handled it well. I had a Fox ATS on my last JK and I like the Falcon much, much better. The ease of three settings vs 20-something works better for me. Case in point: I forgot to switch the setting to firm before I left and stopped about 20 mins down the road to do so. It was a breeze simply flipping the switch; no screwdriver necessary 👍
You guys are defiantly talking me into the Falcon Nexus. I like the all- Fox setup but I really don’t need 20-something settings for the stab. 3 is about perfect, May even 2 will do… Trail and Highway. Also the ease of swapping it is key. Thank you @cgrosen324 and @YukonCornelius for the great reviews! Super helpful 🙂👍
 
Hey @YukonCornelius how is that Falcon Nexus 2.2 holding up buddy? Any update?

🎄Christmas is just around the corner and I am looking for a few Jeep related upgrades.

Honestly about the only upgrades I am looking at is this and maybe installing internal heated back seats... and maybe routing a wash sprayer line to run to the backup camera and clean that thing off. Oh... one more... a tailgate table.

But I will start with the Falcon.
 
Hey @YukonCornelius how is that Falcon Nexus 2.2 holding up buddy? Any update?

🎄Christmas is just around the corner and I am looking for a few Jeep related upgrades.

Honestly about the only upgrades I am looking at is this and maybe installing internal heated back seats... and maybe routing a wash sprayer line to run to the backup camera and clean that thing off. Oh... one more... a tailgate table.

But I will start with the Falcon.
I really enjoy the Fox ATS 2.0 I put in, I have it at 14 clicks for the wife (I personally like it at 18 clicks but she likes it a little softer) and it handles great.
 
@Turboencabulator … Falcon is still doing great. Might not have all the increments as the Fox, but it’s definitely nice being tool-less. Have it mid setting 90% of the time. If I’m hitting the highway, it’s nice having the quick dial to switch to firm. Makes a great highway 80mph cruise!

That being said, I might even prefer a stiffer setting between mid and firm for every day use… it may be I just got so used to the mid setting that when I do change it, it’s such a difference. But the firm is definitely too high IMHO for normal use - but great on the highway. Either way, I still think I’d pick it again for the ease of switching it up even though originally I was leaning towards Fox - and it’s a solid performer.
 
Cool. I'm at 16 clicks.

I really like the Fox and having "too" many clicks isn't a bad thing.
I’m close behind with 17 clicks
 
So, I’ll open with this: I’ll refer to the Nexus 2.2 as a steering damper, as that is effectively what it is.
My 392 from the factory was darn near perfect. It tracked dead straight and was void of the typical Jeep dead spot at center. But it did have the typical leftward drift, typical of a non-pass through shock for the stabilizer, and of course the usual Jeep wander on the highway.

Over the past 16 months I did get a little spoiled with the 4R’s IFS, so full disclosure on that - but I’ve also never been too critical of the Jeep‘s driving traits. It’s part of its character and what gives it its unique charm. In the past, on both my JKs and JL, I’ve used Fox through shafts mainly to get rid of the significant fade after 15 minutes of abuse on the OEM stabilizer. I really wanted the Fox Racing Series ATS but didn’t think to order with enough lead time… so couldn’t get one anywhere.
So, based on recommendations here, and from the folks at RockRidge 4x4, I decided to give the Teraflex Falcon Nexus 2.2 a shot. I drove the 392 with the stock damper for 400 miles before swapping for the Nexus. I’ve put 50 miles on the medium setting, 50 miles on the firm setting, and just over 20 on soft.

The soft setting doesn’t serve much good on the road. It’s very loose, but it does fix the leftward drift. I think it’ll suit slow crawling perfectly, but I’ll reserve judgement for when I actually get it off road.

‘The firm setting is darn near perfect. I mean the “slop” is completely gone, and it has zero wander. The steering feels tight and responsive. Almost sporty. I will go as far as to say it ”feels” very similar to the TRD Pro’s IFS. Yup, it has that type of feel. Now, remember I said “darn near” perfect… the return to center fades about halfway there and you have to manually straighten the wheel. While that’s not all bad, it is sort of an annoyance for everyday driving. High speed desert running where you want full and total wheel control? Most likely. But your daily commute, not so much. I think it’ll also be very nice for longer highway-heavy road trips.

‘The medium setting is my sweet spot. Not loose feeling at all, but not quite as tight and sporty as firm. It has zero wander on the highway and a great feel, very natural feel, running around town and during commutes. It eradicated the highway wander almost completely and crosswinds don’t toss it around at all. It just feels tight and clean, maybe not SUV with IFS clean, but I’d say the closest comparisons would be that it seems to be as complacent as the F-150 and Ram 1500 current generations IFS systems where everything is smooth, but you still know you’re driving a full size truck. (edit. Thanks @dog !)

Overall, I am extremely happy with the Falcon Nexus. On highway, ruts, pot holes, and rough roads are non-existent as it just sucks them up with effortless recovery that isn't even transferred to the steering wheel. While it doesn’t have the 24 micro-adjustments like the Fox, I love that I can just select one of the three presets within seconds, and without tools. The dial is clearly labeled, easy to reach, and easy to adjust.
Thank you for this write-up Yukon! Getting mine installed next week with my lift and tires. Looking forward to see how much I’ll like the Nexus over stock.
 
Thank you for this write-up Yukon! Getting mine installed next week with my lift and tires. Looking forward to see how much I’ll like the Nexus over stock.
Please update us with your impressions
 
So, I’ll open with this: I’ll refer to the Nexus 2.2 as a steering damper, as that is effectively what it is.
My 392 from the factory was darn near perfect. It tracked dead straight and was void of the typical Jeep dead spot at center. But it did have the typical leftward drift, typical of a non-pass through shock for the stabilizer, and of course the usual Jeep wander on the highway.

Over the past 16 months I did get a little spoiled with the 4R’s IFS, so full disclosure on that - but I’ve also never been too critical of the Jeep‘s driving traits. It’s part of its character and what gives it its unique charm. In the past, on both my JKs and JL, I’ve used Fox through shafts mainly to get rid of the significant fade after 15 minutes of abuse on the OEM stabilizer. I really wanted the Fox Racing Series ATS but didn’t think to order with enough lead time… so couldn’t get one anywhere.
So, based on recommendations here, and from the folks at RockRidge 4x4, I decided to give the Teraflex Falcon Nexus 2.2 a shot. I drove the 392 with the stock damper for 400 miles before swapping for the Nexus. I’ve put 50 miles on the medium setting, 50 miles on the firm setting, and just over 20 on soft.

The soft setting doesn’t serve much good on the road. It’s very loose, but it does fix the leftward drift. I think it’ll suit slow crawling perfectly, but I’ll reserve judgement for when I actually get it off road.

‘The firm setting is darn near perfect. I mean the “slop” is completely gone, and it has zero wander. The steering feels tight and responsive. Almost sporty. I will go as far as to say it ”feels” very similar to the TRD Pro’s IFS. Yup, it has that type of feel. Now, remember I said “darn near” perfect… the return to center fades about halfway there and you have to manually straighten the wheel. While that’s not all bad, it is sort of an annoyance for everyday driving. High speed desert running where you want full and total wheel control? Most likely. But your daily commute, not so much. I think it’ll also be very nice for longer highway-heavy road trips.

‘The medium setting is my sweet spot. Not loose feeling at all, but not quite as tight and sporty as firm. It has zero wander on the highway and a great feel, very natural feel, running around town and during commutes. It eradicated the highway wander almost completely and crosswinds don’t toss it around at all. It just feels tight and clean, maybe not SUV with IFS clean, but I’d say the closest comparisons would be that it seems to be as complacent as the F-150 and Ram 1500 current generations IFS systems where everything is smooth, but you still know you’re driving a full size truck. (edit. Thanks @dog !)

Overall, I am extremely happy with the Falcon Nexus. On highway, ruts, pot holes, and rough roads are non-existent as it just sucks them up with effortless recovery that isn't even transferred to the steering wheel. While it doesn’t have the 24 micro-adjustments like the Fox, I love that I can just select one of the three presets within seconds, and without tools. The dial is clearly labeled, easy to reach, and easy to adjust.
Great write up- thank you for this.

I just ordered the fox ats steering stabilizer. Was looking at the falcon but went with fox to match the shocks.

I also got the mopar 2 inch lift LCAs.

Read on here that those really help with caster and steering as well.

Excited to put them on.

I learn so much from this forum. Really appreciated this write up.
 
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