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Old 03-07-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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Looking for advice on shocks. While riding across frozen lake hitting drifts I had my back end rebounding a lot higher than the front and trying to pass me. Set up the rear pre-load stiffer by one notch which helped the problem but made the ride even stiffer. Not a very comfortable ride. Front is at second softest setting. The rear is now at third softest setting. 5.5 lbs. pressure in all 4 Holeshot ATR's. Anybody know how to get a decent ride and still handle or do I need aftermarket shocks? Anybody tried the Elka recreational series they build for the Brute and Grizzly? Thanks
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Old 03-07-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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They put elka shocks on a Brute in dirt wheel a few months ago and said it was a big improvement
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:38 PM   #3
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Mike, Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I saw that article too. Wish I could afford those same shocks, but my wife knows where I keep my guns. The Elka recreational shocks are around $1200 and were specifically made to remedy problems inherent in the Brute. Still spendy though. I think That after all the bad reviews Kawaski got on their suspension we should lobby them to do a recall and buy us all two stage shocks. Just dreaming. What is your suspension set at?
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I thought they put works suspension on the brute in dirt wheels, not elka. i think....

Works are much cheaper, but still not cheap.
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X2468, Yep your right. They were Works shocks. About $1900 dollars worth. Way more than I can justify to the wife.
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Works said that Kawi used the same valving on the front and rear shocks, but the shock mounting points and the resulting angles front to rear were very different, thus creating very different forces on the shocks. If that's true and the valving is the same, Kawi really missed the boat. I did check the part numbers for the front and rear shocks and they are different, but that doesn't mean that the valving isn't the same.
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I still think the ultimate would be some float shox all around. lol sorry for sounding like a broaken record, ive said it a few times. especially thos enew float shox......... *drool*
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The shocks are the same front and rear.

What we've got here is alot of motor and no boingers.


I'm considering trading this thing off for the simple reason of no handling.

Here's another one for you. Took out an a arm and a tierod in the same wreck. While repairing the a arm with new I had to use a pickle fork to get the a arm off of the lower ball joint. Punctured the ball joint boot of course and found out that you can't get just a ball joint. 175.00 for the whole spindle!!!!!!

This japanese light weight engineering is okay if you have big dollars.

My polaris's might have been heavier but I can tell you for certain now that they are a hell of alot tougher and a whole bunch easier to work on.

This is pretty funny actually, alll my buds are riding the po's, we've always theorized that these japanese bikes would'nt hold up out here in our rocks and with our riding styles, I just had too be the one to fall for the v twin and get the theory proved.


How about this for an answer for the brute? Buy some old 85' or so atc 250r rear shocks and freshen them up. Slap 'em on this pig and see if that fixes the problem.

Done ranting!!
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thank you h34r:
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You can go with the "Steelers' Works shocks, they are about $750 for all 4 shocks + Shipping.
I've read a couple reports on these Steelers on the BF750 & so far these two have really liked the upgrade & for the $$$, they may do you just fine.
I just was about to order 4 of them when my "Computer" in my car crashed & that took care of the $800 I had set aside for the Works Shocks.
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