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post #1 of 41 Old 07-28-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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ELKA Shocks s1 s2 s3 s4 reviews

i though i would be a good idea to do a review on all the elka shocks so everyone with them or that wants them should chime in. are we spending our money wisely? what stage is best for me?ect ive seen a lot of trail riders with the s4 is it nessary for your riding or was just a want? think this will be help full for shock shoppers.
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700xx front s1,s2,s3,s4

now my review now that ive have road them longer. i have the stage 3 front and rear compression rebound and preload $1200 a pair. i feel i am able to adjust every aspect of my riding with these shocks for not being a racer. i really like how you can ride over the same section of trail and say i dont like the way the quad kicks and drop the rebound down a little and it goes away. or bump up the compression on bigger jumps. the overall ride of having shocks built to your specs is amazing much smoother and smmes to transfer power better imo.

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S3 fronts only here. The decision was rather easy and clear based on my reschearch and piggybank. The easy/quick adjustment options on the s3 & s4 was a requirement. The jump to s4 features/pricing is targeted at pro's IMO. The biggest improvement has been a much smoother ride on those rumble strip type trails. Seems like we have a lot of those type of trails around here and it was brutal on my arms before the s3's up front. Also, the article in ATV Action about raising the bars based on your height helped.
Not sure when or if I'll replace the rear. I've not been unhappy with their performance (yet). But if I ever do it will be the s3's.


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Lets have all after market shocks in here. This would be a great help to me. Thanks
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I have Elka S1 front and bought them because they were the cheapest. The fitment was a bugger and as I progressed with racing thought I needed S3 at least.
Anyway 12 months later and alittle wiser , these shocks are not that bad.
It would be nice to have a compression adjustment, but we are doing OK.
Over the stock shocks they are way better and for the money are worth it for weekend warrior(Was going to put a leisure rider, but they seem to be more intense riders) this would be a good buy.
I have other upgrades aswell but basically running stock and turning on a dime at any speed.
The only upgrade for me would be LT.
I am running 44" front width with Elka S1 and 49" rear with stock rear shocks with a ride height of 10 1/2".

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Do you guys think the rebound adjustment is worth the extra money?? I was thinking stage 2 with compression only.

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Do you guys think the rebound adjustment is worth the extra money?? I was thinking stage 2 with compression only.
What type of riding/racing do you intend to do ?

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What type of riding/racing do you intend to do ?
Very fast pace trail riding and an occasional race or 2. I'll probably never see sand or open wide terrain. The video is where and how I ride haha.

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Very fast pace trail riding and an occasional race or 2. I'll probably never see sand or open wide terrain. The video is where and how I ride haha.

If you do as the video ,S1 will work fine. If race in rougher stuff when racing then get the compression adjustiable ones.
Just outta curiousity , did you have the K8 swaybar on when you shot the video ?

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If you do as the video ,S1 will work fine. If race in rougher stuff when racing then get the compression adjustiable ones.
Just outta curiousity , did you have the K8 swaybar on when you shot the video ?
No I still don't have it on yet, I will this weekend and have a review on the sway bar when I get back. Thanks for the info I think I'm still leaning towards stage 2 because of extra oil and better fitment.

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