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elka shock review

hi lads, just been on fleabay and there is really only 2 rear shocks that are avail brand new for the rc51 and thats ohlins and elka. everyone knows how good ohlinds is but im interested in the elka shock. the quality looks good and its easily adjustable. ive had a look at the suzuki gixxer owners club website as theyve got a review on it and everyone swears by it. any of you guys got an opinion on them or do you actually have one fitted, how are they?
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I've had good experience with them on my atv a TRX250 Honda, I wasn't aware they made anything for the RC's but I think i would go with the ohlins for the RC

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Isn't Penske available also? Check into it...



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I've had good experience with them on my atv a TRX250 Honda, I wasn't aware they made anything for the RC's
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Elka-Shock...item5894d22864

clear as day folks. not sure bout the colour tho
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What about this one?

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=270947926754

I'd go Ohlins personally, I have one installed and works like its supposed to.



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Why would you spend more money on an elka than Ohlins?




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Why would you spend more money on an elka than Ohlins?
i wouldnt, but over here ohlins is silly money and the elka is semi affordable. and just wanna make one thing clear folks, i already know ohlins is the best of the best and all that. but that doesnt stop me being mindfull bout the other options out there
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i wouldnt, but over here ohlins is silly money and the elka is semi affordable. and just wanna make one thing clear folks, i already know ohlins is the best of the best and all that. but that doesnt stop me being mindfull bout the other options out there
No worries I didn't realise you were on the other side of the pond. Are the Elka's priced like the Ohlins here in North America?

I've read good things about them and if it's within your budget then go for it. I like different as well, as long as you're happy and it does what you want it to.

Has to be better than the pogo stick that Honda calls a shock.



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Has to be better than the pogo stick that Honda calls a shock.
Can I get an Amen?? My next major is a rear shock....the heads being ported will have to wait.

I used to sell Elka products and they are well built with excellent custormer support.Ohlins has carved out a name for themselves. Are they the best, yeah...but to the average Joe and occasional track whore, Penske, Race Tech, Elka products would do the job.

If an affordable option comes my way, that is probably what I will be buying. Rigt now, Ohlins seems to have the better pricing too.



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Elka shocks are made in Canada. The build is as good as any high end shock out there. They are so nice, it's a shame to have to hide them in the bike. They get very good reviews. I had one in my hands at the bike show in Toronto last year and came within a hairs breath of buying it. Buying and upgrading a track only RC kind of emptied the bank account last year and therefore had a hard time justifying spending another $ 1000.00 + when I just picked up a used Fox!
The stage 4 has ride height, rebound, high and low speed compression dampening. If you buy one, have it sprung and valved for your weight, riding style etc.
They also have fork piston kits. My front had one installed by the previous owner and it feels very good on track. Hard to compare since I bought the bike with it already installed. It came with a stock shock with a Elka revalve/piston but I never rode it. I opted for a used Fox instead. Turns out, the compression dampener adjuster is f....ked and will therefore install the stocker w/Elka valving this winter and give it a go at the track next year. If that doesn't work out, I will not hesitate to buy the Elka shock, however without ride height adjsutment.
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