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Old 03-18-2010, 05:48 AM   #1
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Default Anyone running stage 1 elka shocks on their Brute?

I'll have to change these stiff ass stock shocks someday.
Anyone that has any experiance riding these stage 1 elka shocks i'd like to know how big a difference it is besides the stocks in terms of stiffness.
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I dont have elkas, but I have works shocks. Night and day.. absolutely one of the best mods I have done. But I trail ride... if you mud ride dont know if you will appreciate them as much as I do
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I dont have elkas, but I have works shocks. Night and day.. absolutely one of the best mods I have done. But I trail ride... if you mud ride dont know if you will appreciate them as much as I do
By trail riding do u mean bumpy trails? I'm a hunter soo i'd like to have a little more of a comfy ride. And if so how much did it cost you for the whole set? And do u have a link?
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check out this post from nyroc. this guy went with the Works shocks as well.

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also here is the ebay store where they sell them for a decent price. i think you are looking at $700 for the whole setup, where as elka may run $1200 or so, give or take.

eBay Store - Works Performance Products: Shock Pairs Front or Rear, Shock Units Front or Rear


and here a link to their website for more info if you are interested. i've looked into these as mine are 05 shocks with 2000 miles and they are shot, stiff and no rebound. just waiting for the economy to turn so i can start making money again.

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I've had both brands now on my BF750's and the higher rated extra cost ELKA's really shine. Mine have preload adjusters, rebound and compression and the best part is you do Not have to buy new. If you look on these Forums you will find either brand 4 sale as used units. My ELKa's cost me $1000, are in perfect condition and only had 750 miles on them. I saw just the other day right here on KR a full set of the WORKs brand new for $1200 obo and they are the top of the line WORKs.
The ride, control and handling can be felt on the 1st ride with the aftermarket shocks, you won't be sorry.
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I have the Elka's but think they are the middle line ones. Rebound compression and preload. I got them off here as previously stated, used and love them. When I ride with groups I set them soft and enjoy the ride. A few clicks and they are ready for whatever I can give them. Cant comment on experience on any of the others. If you dont want to spend the cash for the Elka's I would think any would be better than the stockers. GL
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i remember talking to a guy that rides in our group that has a very modified quad, he said yes after-market shocks are the most over looked investment, but he said you should go with an external reservoir. his argument was that it keeps the fluid cooler. plus it gives the fluid somewhere to go when compressed.
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I have one of the middle of the road works... they are the ones with the red and black springs. dual rate... cant remember the name. They were 1100... great investment and they are rebuildable. If you buy shocks, dont buy them used because they wont be set up for you and your bike. They come from the factory set to your weight. You can sent them back to the factory to be rebuilt also and save some money. FYI... good luck
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I have one of the middle of the road works... they are the ones with the red and black springs. dual rate... cant remember the name. They were 1100... great investment and they are rebuildable. If you buy shocks, dont buy them used because they wont be set up for you and your bike. They come from the factory set to your weight. You can sent them back to the factory to be rebuilt also and save some money. FYI... good luck
Your shocks are the WORKs G-Series.

If you buy used, you 1st check to see how they are set-up, if they fall into the area that you are needing, then buy them and save a bundle in cash.

Used unit's don't last long once listed up 4sale, so I'm not the only one who buys aftermarket shocks used. Plus, by buying used, most of the time you can get the higher rated aftermarket shock Vs the basic units for the same price.
My ELKAs are the middle units and also have the piggyback res'es.
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I ended up with the stage 1 E36-R series (?) all the way around and they haven't let me down or have I ever been able to tell if the fluid gets overheated and I ride FAST sometimes bumpy trails and a jump here and there... Everyone knows the Brute stock shocks absolutely suck - or if you think they don't, try a set of these or a Brute setup with some aftermarkets and you'll see right away---it's not the same machine. Don't forget about the stearing stabilizer while yer at it too--my 2 centzz
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