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Front Shocks ELKA STAGE 4

Hello Riders,

I bought front shocks ELKA Stage 4 and installed on my 700 TRX.
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The problem is the steering rod touch the front knuckle see picture on the right.
The center distance of origin shocks is 455mm and on elka shocks is 470mm so 15mm longer than the origin, that's why I have a problem and it is not good for riding..

So I would like to know if it is possible to reduce the 470mm to 455mm on Elka shocks ? Of course I will need to disassembly the shock...

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I notice that most of the elka front shocks that are made for oem arms seem to run a little tall which increases the ride height, although I've never seen a-arms quite at the angle that yours are.

Back off the preload a little bit and see if shortens the shock enough to prevent the tie rods from touching the knuckle. You can then adjust the rebound and compression to accommodate the preload change. It probably won't touch while the bike is on the ground (currently) but any type of severe upstroke will probably still cause them to hit a little bit. I doubt you can shorten them without seriously screwing up the shock as it takes speciality equipment and a lot of precision - if adjusting the preload doesn't fix it, you may want to look into sending them back for corrections. Elka has great customer service and work to correct most problems but they are going to tell you to try adjusting the preload first

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I have adjusted the preload for my weight and it works fine when I am on the ATV
The only problem is when I do a quick acceleration and the front move up then I have the issue...
I will send them to Elka preparation store in France...
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Just looking from cell phone, it appears you may have left A-arm damage. I don't think my tie-rod would touch there, even with out a shock attached.

But the shaft, or rod can be shortened.

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i have changed axle to axle dimension on my Elka shocks to 450mm as the original TRX shocks and now everything is ok, the A Arm work well...actually is was not really in contact with knuckle but the problem was the TOE IN was very bad when the A arm was in maximum bottom position due to the Elka was too long (470mm axle to axle) actually not matching the original 700 trx...
The Elka shocks was on the ATV Yamaha 450 YFZ...

It was impossible to drive when the front goes up during acceleration, the Toe in has changed due to the Elka elongation..... I can't imagine riding in this condition.... so..

I have disassembled the Elka Shocks for the first time, removed spring, unscrewed the big body and then removed the nut, spacers, ....
I have add a nylon spacer 20mm thick (machined in a local machining company) to reduce axle to axle dimension to 450mm.
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Now my Elka work fine even if the final play of my Elka was 100mm now it is 80mm (due to the spacer I have added) but it is ok
Refilled with shock oil 5w, 8 bars air pressure ( I will fill in with Nitrogen Gas in a car repair shop).

I know it is not the Best solution, and may be not fully recommended by Elka but it works and the cost is very low...
in France they asked me around 500 to 600$ to adjust to 450mm.



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I don't think my tie-rod would touch there, even with out a shock attached.
Just saying, but glad you have it fixed.




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yes you're right ! It was a mistake due to my picture...
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