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post #1 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Elka or other brand shock?

I'm looking for a new rear shock for my 2006 DL-650. I ride 50/50 single/two up and the rear shock is sacked. I understand the dynamics of suspension systems (2 and 3 way) but normally set it once (except pre-load) and don't mess with it beyond that. Truthfully, if it weren't for the poor handling when I have my girl on the back I wouldn't buy a new one. I grew up riding street bikes in the 70s and could make them corner. A sacked out suspension system on a modern bike is like riding a race bike once you learn how to ride an H2 through the corners.

I'd say our combined riding weight is in the 320-350 pound range (I'll get the exact weight) and I'd prefer a shock that can handle that but not beat me to death when I ride by myself (170 in gear). Cost doesn't scare me; Buy Once, Cry Once.

However, for that I want:

Great performance


Direct bolt on installation with the same ease as the stocker or better (no additional brackets or add on afterthought stuff because it's not model specific)


Is this an Elka?

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 07:58 AM
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HyperPro. Made a huge diff for me.


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post #3 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 08:55 AM
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Elka, Wilbers, Hyperpro, Penske can all do what you want. A Sasquatch rebuild probably will too. http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,7419.0.html

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 09:11 AM
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My situation is similar to yours, I ride 2 up 50% of the trips and the stock shock preload died. I went with Elka, they will build the shock to your specifications ( weight, load, riding style, the shock is easily adjustable, fully rebuildable (set cost) I have had mine for a full year (15K miles) including a 9K miles 2 up camping trip, this shock works very well.
As others have said there are other options, I am very happy with my Elka.

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