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This suspension thread is on-going with my impressions as the changes are made. I recently picked up a 2005 VEE to be a companion with the WEE at most recently had. My Wife and I took the VEE on a short 3,000 mile trip to test out the new toy. Even after messing with some suspension settings, I quickly realized the VEE needed some work. I weigh just over 200lbs with gear, My wife is 100lbs with gear, and setup I usually have another 50+lbs. My ultimate goal is a safety and a more sporty suspension feeling.

I tried adding some Sonic 0.95 springs and fresh oil. Overall I was impressed with the improvement BUT I knew something was still missing.


I recently decided to reach out to Jaime @ Daugherty Motorsports - Motorcycle Suspension Performance and Modification, to have the fork valving changed. The re-valve should fix the initial softness felt when applying the brakes. I hope to have the forks back in a week or two.



I also recently picked up a ELKA stage 4 rear shock. I sent the shock out to Cycle Mall (certified ELKA suspension shop) in California for a complete rebuild and to have the spring swapped out from 500lbs to a 900lbs per the recommendations of the good guys at Cycle Mall.



I hope to have these components back in the next couple of weeks. I will share my impressions once installed.

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Should be pretty good when fully loaded. One up will be very firm, I say, with with 50lbs of gear
 

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Should be pretty good when fully loaded. One up will be very firm, I say, with with 50lbs of gear
Yes, and I'm actually looking forward to a firmer ride. I just hope it isn't too firm! Haha

I got a call today from cycle mall and they are shipping back my ELkA, hopefully my forks come back soon from DMR so I can start dialing it in!

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The ELKA arrived with a fresh rebuild and a new 900lbs spring. I was given word that the front forks we're complete and should be shipping soon.

I decided the install the rear. What a pain the in ass with a SW Motech center stand. I still need to figure out a slick way to mount the adjusters.





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I installed and removed shocks from my DL1K many times over the years and I never ran into any issues with the centerstand (OEM). What isn't about the SW-Motech stand that is in the way?

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I just emailed cycle mall to see about having my Elka rebuilt. How happy are you with their work/customer service so far?

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I can't tell for sure but it looks like you don't have your center stand secured. Any time I ever work on the bike extensively, I strap the center stand to something forward to keep it from folding back and the bike dropping to the ground. I would take a ratchet strap and secure it to one of those jack stands or to the crash bar.
 

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I installed and removed shocks from my DL1K many times over the years and I never ran into any issues with the centerstand (OEM). What isn't about the SW-Motech stand that is in the way?

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Perhaps it isn't entirely the Stand but it appeared to give me very little to no movement. Having changed numerous rear shocks before I was expecting a 30 min job but it ended up consuming 2+ hours. I'm now trying to locate the perfect mounting locations for the adjusters. I plan to pick up some square stock aluminum to make a bracket.

I just emailed cycle mall to see about having my Elka rebuilt. How happy are you with their work/customer service so far?

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I can't tell for sure but it looks like you don't have your center stand secured. Any time I ever work on the bike extensively, I strap the center stand to something forward to keep it from folding back and the bike dropping to the ground. I would take a ratchet strap and secure it to one of those jack stands or to the crash bar.
Well the timeline on the ElKA from cycle
Mall was decently quick. I feel like they actually listened to me in regards to setting the shock up and picking spring rate. I am still waiting on my forks from DMR and I just installed the WERKs clutch basket last night so I can't wait to get out and see how she runs!

I hear ya on not trusting the center stand and the straps seem like a good idea BUT if you look at the front jack stands you will notice that they are more dangerous then the center stand haha. Initially this was just a rear shock change and it's has evolved into way more!

I will let you know when the forks come in and I get this on the road.

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The SW-Motech center stand has a bar across the top that gets in the way while the OEM stand does not.



When I did the Elka on my Wee, taking out bolt #5 gave access. Make sure the #7 washers are replaced.

 

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When I did the Elka on my Wee, taking out bolt #5 gave access. Make sure the #7 washers are replaced.


Thanks for the Look Out GW! I didn't replace the washers as they appeared to be in very good shape but I did have a HELL of a time getting them back in. I almost have up and didn't put them back but I tried one more time and got lucky!

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I meant put them back rather than change them.
 

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I meant put them back rather than change them.
10-4! :mrgreen:

I also mounted up the adjusters. I know it could of maybe been done better BUT the shock came back with the banjos tightened down at bad angles and I did not want to worry about getting the shock recharged.





Everything appears to be mounted sturdy! I will have to check on it after some miles.

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I just emailed cycle mall to see about having my Elka rebuilt. How happy are you with their work/customer service so far?

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I can't tell for sure but it looks like you don't have your center stand secured. Any time I ever work on the bike extensively, I strap the center stand to something forward to keep it from folding back and the bike dropping to the ground. I would take a ratchet strap and secure it to one of those jack stands or to the crash bar.
I'm in CA and had cycle mall rebuild my 4 stage ELKA. They did a great job and the turn around was fast plus you don't have to deal with customs to Canada. Jim in Ojai CA
PS It is a bitch to install for sure. Even with a bike lift it was hard. I ended up taking off my center stand.
 

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I'm in CA and had cycle mall rebuild my 4 stage ELKA. They did a great job and the turn around was fast plus you don't have to deal with customs to Canada. Jim in Ojai CA
PS It is a bitch to install for sure. Even with a bike lift it was hard. I ended up taking off my center stand.
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I just got my forks back from Daughtry Motorsports (re-valve)..



And installed them..



I took for a quick ride and it is stiffer for sure.. I need to log some more miles and tune everything in before I can give better feedback.

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Hope you have better luck with Elka than I did. Wrong spring and no dampening (bought new). Sent it back to Elka and they got it better, but not right. Still no rebound dampening. Guess I'll have to have it rebuilt. My suspension guy said this is fairly common with Elka.
 

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Hope you have better luck with Elka than I did. Wrong spring and no dampening (bought new). Sent it back to Elka and they got it better, but not right. Still no rebound dampening. Guess I'll have to have it rebuilt. My suspension guy said this is fairly common with Elka.
The spring that came with my ELKA was 500lbs. Durning the rebuild, cycle mall suggested a 900lbs spring. I thought it seemed excessive but after riding it I actually love it. Solo with no luggage I have about 15-20mm sag with some preload. I need to mess with some settings more this weekend. I took my 100lb wife on a quick ride and it felt perfect.

I also love the front setup. Even with the 4 piston 600rr calipers and sintered pads I don't get the initial dive when pulling on the brakes. I havent messed with the front preload settings yet but I have very little sag right now. I'm gonna work on 30/30 this weekend.

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You have a long travel suspension compared to the average sport bike that likes a 30mm sag. 40mm is better on a Strom.
 
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