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post #1 of 13 Old 11-16-2013, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Rear shock update for 2012 vstrom

Would like some feedback on replacing the rear shock of my 2012 vstrom. I,m thinking of the elka shock although not sure of the benefits over the stock shock considering the purchase cost.
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-16-2013, 04:27 PM
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Elka built me a shock and it was totally screwed up. Did they get it right the second time?? Not really, according to my suspension guy. I'm sure they are good shocks and a lot of people have had good experiences with them but the whole thing I went though spelled real problems. If you do go Elka just make sure you buy it through Blair at svracingparts.com
Elka wouldn't even talk to me. Blair was the only saving grace in the whole mess.

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Elka built me a shock and it was totally screwed up. Did they get it right the second time?? Not really, according to my suspension guy. I'm sure they are good shocks and a lot of people have had good experiences with them but the whole thing I went though spelled real problems. If you do go Elka just make sure you buy it through Blair at svracingparts.com
Elka wouldn't even talk to me. Blair was the only saving grace in the whole mess.
You have hinted in several threads about your problem and unless I missed it never read the full story.

To the OP, I have a Elka and love it, the shock can be set for different conditions with a turn of the compression and rebound knobs. I have the three way adjustable. The valving in mine is close to perfect. I don't change loads much and don't feel like the remote preload adjuster is needed. There is room to adjust with the shock mounted on the bike. If you need to adjust the preload more often you may want it. Note the base preload cannot be set with the shock mounted.

I did have a small problem with mine. Elka shipped it with the wrong spring. I ordered the shock from Blair at SV Racing. Blair returned phone calls and emails over the weekend and had a new spring shipped to me within a week. I did have to install the spring myself. I would order from him, he has contacts at Elka and if there is a problem he will take care of it for you. Overall happy with the shock and Blair's customer service is second to none.


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I went with a HyperPro on my '12 as I did on my '07. High quality, like many others, but I think the price is better.

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Yes, I've been meaning to post the ordeal with Elka but was busy at work and then ended up in the hospital. The spring was wrong (common problem it seems) and my suspension mechanic said it was as if there was no oil in the shock. No dampening at all. When the shock came back from West Va. after 3 weeks my mechanic said the rebound dampening was still pathetic but usable. Elka customer service wouldn't talk to me, But Blair intervened. That's the crux of the situation. Do I like the shock?? Yes, it's such an improvement over a worn out stock shock with a spring that my weight overwehlmed (230 lb). It just seems that they have problems. Your the 4th person I've heard of that got the wrong spring. When I called customer service they almost laughed at me as if "Why are you bothering us?". Next time I would spend just a little more money and buy a more mainstream product. Elka is new to this market and seemingly don't have the wrinkles ironed out yet. I also had to pay twice for installation of course and spent 2 days at the shop (far away). Just added to the aggravation.

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Yes, I've been meaning to post the ordeal with Elka but was busy at work and then ended up in the hospital. The spring was wrong (common problem it seems) and my suspension mechanic said it was as if there was no oil in the shock. No dampening at all. When the shock came back from West Va. after 3 weeks my mechanic said the rebound dampening was still pathetic but usable. Elka customer service wouldn't talk to me, But Blair intervened. That's the crux of the situation. Do I like the shock?? Yes, it's such an improvement over a worn out stock shock with a spring that my weight overwehlmed (230 lb). It just seems that they have problems. Your the 4th person I've heard of that got the wrong spring. When I called customer service they almost laughed at me as if "Why are you bothering us?". Next time I would spend just a little more money and buy a more mainstream product. Elka is new to this market and seemingly don't have the wrinkles ironed out yet. I also had to pay twice for installation of course and spent 2 days at the shop (far away). Just added to the aggravation.
Interesting about the springs.
I'm happy with the end result with mine but when it comes time for any new suspension for me I will use whatever Rick at Cogent Dynamics recommends and sells. I'll let him build and set it up. You get a more personal and hands on experience with them.
No disrespect for Blair he is a stand up guy and I will do business with him again. My problem was with Elka.


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Other companies that build shocks for the 2012 V-Strom are Progressive Suspension (465 Series) and the pricey but great Ohlins. Works Performance may also but I'm not certain. I know there are others but I have not had experience with them.

I've used shocks from all three of these companies on motorcycles other than my V-Strom and have been happy with all of them as they all significantly improved the handling of those machines over stock. However, for me at this time the stock shock on the V-Strom is adequate - I think it's quite an excellent shock for a stock one and I don't believe the benefit of an aftermarket shock is worth it. That is a highly variable opinion depending on a riders riding style, perspectives, etc., however.

I've had a particularly good experience with a Progressive shock on a 2004 Klr 650, having about 28,000 miles on the shock, a lot of those miles being very rough off-pavement ones, and have had no problems whatsoever with it. Other than softening up a little over the years, easily compensated for by dialing in a bit more preload, it functions as good as when new. And it is rebuildable if ever needed.

My only point is that there are other shock companies than Elka, they also make good products, and are worth investigating for your V-Strom IMHO.

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When I do mine, it'll be with a rear shock from Cogent Dynamics. I have their rear shock on my DR650 and it's fantastic. They also have a front valving kit available too. Welcome to Cogent Dynamics

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I went with a HyperPro on my '12 as I did on my '07. High quality, like many others, but I think the price is better.
Shock or spring on stock shock?
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Ohlins

Edit: I just realized this is an old thread but decided to leave the post anyways for information for anyone doing a forum search on shocks

I'm really pleased with my Ohlins shock. I got it used from a member but I'm pretty sure he bought it through these guys.

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It's not as adjustable as the Elka (it has remote preload and dampening adjustment adjustment) and it cost a few hundred dollars less at the time I was looking into shocks.

You could contact them through the Advrider site to find out about shipping costs to Australia.

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