Elka - amazing suspension improvement - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Modifications and Performance The brag page, good and bad.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 33
Smile Elka - amazing suspension improvement

The bad news: the stock shock on my 2006 650 completely died at only 14,000 miles. At the same time, I learned my front fork tubes had rusted. Suzuki refused to warranty the shock (which doesn't inspire my good will) and the dealer wanted $1,200 for the stock replacement. The dealer also wanted $1,000 to replace the fork tubes. The good news: I found a good independent shop who repaired the forks for a few hundred $ and installed an Elka shock. The rear suspension is so sweet - a smooth ride with no jarring bumps over rough pavement.

I wasn't looking to spend $1000 on a shock, but the stock suspension is probably the weakest link on a Strom. The upgrade is well worth it, especially as it cost no more than a stock replacement from the dealer. My Wee now has the feel of a high end suspension, and I plan to have Elka rework the front forks in the near future. And I won't be dreaming about buying that BMW any more.

Ride safe, Terry
tbsurf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 02:31 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 765
Yep. Elka is a good ride.

As for the forks, send them to Race Tech. Elka doesn't forks piston kits DL. Race Tech is home town (Corona) for you.

2003 V - ASV C5 Levers, Univ. Solex bars, grip heaters, ktm mirrors, c.stand, SW Mo Engine grds,Two Bros, PC3, Garmin, Givi 460, tank bag, F. Extenda, BackOff, Super Brace, Elka Shock, Race Tech Gold. AWD/Mr.Ed's Moto seat mod. Dumonde Tech Racing Oil, Spider grips, Contour.

2001 KTM LC4 farkled (sold)
awd505 is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 04:40 AM
$tromtrooper
 
garandman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4,198
Shock porn....

2005 DL650 (sold) | 2009 DL650A (sold) | 2008 Tiger 1050 ABS | 2012 WR250R | 2008 CRF100F
garandman is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 05:39 AM
$tromtrooper
 
joe camarda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: modesto, ca USA
Posts: 315
My Elka is due to arrive any day now...I wonder if Blair sent you mine by mistake

"I never trust my inner feelings...
Inner feelings come and go".

Leonard Cohen
joe camarda is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 08:18 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
acormier7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posts: 806
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by joe camarda View Post
My Elka is due to arrive any day now...I wonder if Blair sent you mine by mistake
What's an Elka for a V-Strom cost these days? I know there were some really good deals last Christmas.

Art in Edmonton
14 DL650
03 DL1000 SOLD
acormier7 is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 09:53 AM
$tromtrooper
 
LordSmoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 2,378
Quote:
Originally Posted by garandman View Post
Shock porn....
Any pics of one installed? Where do all those hangy-off bits go? I'm currently saving up for a Sasquatch rebuild that retains the stock preload adjuster.

1985 Honda CB450SC (AUG04 - SEP09)
2004 Honda CN250 Helix (NOV09 - )
2006 Suzuki DL650 (MAR07 - APR15)
2014 BMW R1200GSW (APR14 - )
Lordsmoke, still refusing to obey the voices!
LordSmoke is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 10:49 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by LordSmoke View Post
Any pics of one installed? Where do all those hangy-off bits go? I'm currently saving up for a Sasquatch rebuild that retains the stock preload adjuster.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...=18031&page=17

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 11:27 AM
$tromtrooper
 
LordSmoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 2,378
Very interesting. Thanks.

1985 Honda CB450SC (AUG04 - SEP09)
2004 Honda CN250 Helix (NOV09 - )
2006 Suzuki DL650 (MAR07 - APR15)
2014 BMW R1200GSW (APR14 - )
Lordsmoke, still refusing to obey the voices!
LordSmoke is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 12:46 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 765
That black Hangy-off bit is the Pre-load adjuster, which mounts to the stock adjuster location, in case some one didn't know.

2003 V - ASV C5 Levers, Univ. Solex bars, grip heaters, ktm mirrors, c.stand, SW Mo Engine grds,Two Bros, PC3, Garmin, Givi 460, tank bag, F. Extenda, BackOff, Super Brace, Elka Shock, Race Tech Gold. AWD/Mr.Ed's Moto seat mod. Dumonde Tech Racing Oil, Spider grips, Contour.

2001 KTM LC4 farkled (sold)
awd505 is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 07-01-2009, 01:26 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by awd505 View Post
That black Hangy-off bit is the Pre-load adjuster
Mine is red. I would have preferred black. The other bit is the remote nitrogen/oil reservoir and compression damping adjuster.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome