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post #1 of 22 Old 03-02-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Help with ELKA Shock Upgrade Decision

Before I take the final step and shell out the big bucks for an ELKA 3-way I would like to hear from some of you that have experience with them.

I am right now ready to purchase and replace the original shock on my DL650ABS. I want to get it installed before spring gets here. After studying all the posts in this forum on shocks I am settling in on the ELKA 3way. My original preference was OHLINS but I think the ELKA for a few hundred bucks less will provide equal results and the same capabilities. For those of you that already have them on your bikes can you tell me your experience and if you are happy with them. The main reason I am wanting an upgrade is to eliminate sagging. I weigh around 250 pounds and have large hard saddle bags and an extra large tail case. When loaded for travel I sag severely in the rear especially with a passenger. I realize that I am probably exceeding the bike's weight carrying capacity but I doubt that I'm alone on this one. I have also read that Blair is the best source for purchasing ELKA's.

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Every Elka shock is a custom setup matched to the weight of the bike and rider given the typical use the bike is put to. Remember Elka is most used for sporting applications so if you want a plush touring ride, make sure you get that information across. I'm very happy with mine. A cheap addition that can really help with seal life is a Traxxion shock sock. I think the 7" is the correct model. http://traxxionstore.com/detail-78.aspx

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Thanks Greywolf

Thanks for the feedback Greywolf. Not sure if you remember me or not but I met you at Big B's ? event this past summer. The one where the canadian guy wiped out on a curve. I can't remember his username. He was with V-Tom.

Anyway thanks again. I'm heading to Florida over spring break and want to get the shock purchased and installed soon. Just wanted to make sure everyone who had the ELKA was happy with them.

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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Greywolf while I've got your attention

One more thing, I want to change my front springs as well. I'm leaning towards the sonics either .95 or 1.0's. I read lots of stuff about fork oils, gold valves, and other this and that of which I understand none. Can I simply change my springs and oil or should I be concerned about upgrading other gadgets that may find home inside the forks??? Is there an oil you recommend? Do you have sonic springs in yours? From what I read there is no drain plug to drain the fork oil. Some appear to have completely removed their forks and tip the forks upside down to drain. Is this necessary just to chang the springs?

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It is necessary to remove the forks to change the springs or the oil. Changing springs and oil are probably 80% of the possible improvement on a 650's forks. I had .9kg Sonic springs for my 190lb weight with 10wt fork oil and they were a tremendous improvement. Cartridge emulators will probably help a little more. I haven't used them myself. I went for the ultimate and got experts to custom tune real cartridges to fit in my forks since I have no experience in suspension tuning. It got the the other 20% but cost $1350. Look at the Sonic Springs web site for a calculator on what's best for your weight and riding style. 80% of the possible improvement for $100 is a deal.

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Thanks a million Greywolf. Do you know the phone number for Blair at svracingparts.com. I tried the e-mail address but it kicked back to me.

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Springs can be changed without removing the forks--just remove the top caps.

I have Ricor Intiminator damper valves with stock springs and I like that combination a lot. I have not tried other options. (I have tried 0.90 springs with the Intiminators, and the stock springs work better--anyone want to buy the .90 springs?)

I'm trying to decide on a shock upgrade...Sasquatch stock upgrade, Progressive Suspension, Ricor, Elka, Hyper-Pro, Ohlins...?????

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Hi Michigan, I can tell you that is was a lot of work for me to convince Elka to do these shocks but it was worth the effort, and you will not be sorry you went with Elka. You mention Ohlins, and I have a lot to do with them as well, but you should know that their shock is not built to fit the Vstrom's the way the Elka is, and they lack the remote hydraulic preload feature that is so valuable to have on our bikes,

Let me know whenever you are ready, and I will get you looked after right away. All you need to do is email me directly at [email protected]

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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Springs can be changed without removing the forks--just remove the top caps.
You can but you really need to change the oil too. That requires tuning the forks upside down and pumping them. I can't imagine changing the springs without changing the oil.

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