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Location: N. Las Vegas, NV
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Over the years, I have used out of the box Elka's, revalved/resprung Elka's, Fox, and now Motowoz.
No experience with the Stage 5 Elka's. I think Elka's are a quality shock, but their setup leaves a little to be desired, I would imagine the Stage 5 shocks are the same. I have owned stage 4, 3, and 2 over the years on different quads and have always seen big improvements after having them revalved/resprung.
My feeling on Fox is the same. Fox mass produces shocks, the only info they will ask you for when you order is what quad with what a-arms. Nothing about skill level, type of riding, etc. Fox just uses generic valving, same for everything. Guess they figure air will be enough to fine tune them. I was never truely happy with mine and I probably spent more time testing on my Evol's then any other shock I have ever owned. I feel they needed to be revalved, but I ended up selling them for Motowoz.
Motowoz are the best shocks I have ever used hands down, I feel I get a more "custom" setup with them. They ask all kinds of questions when you order them, plus they have some of the best customer service out there. I have actually sent an e-mail to Jim the owner on a Sunday, figuring he would e-mail me first thing Monday. Nope, I have actually got a reply on Sunday, he even called me once on a Sunday to talk to me! Can't ask for better service then that.
I would for sure check out Motowoz, I bet if you look at retail prices, they are probably the cheapest of them all also.
2004 TRX450R, 2008 TRX700XX
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