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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-12-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lengthy Elka shock review.

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome,etc...


I'll write more later when I can get this smile off of my face!
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Re: Lengthy Elka shock review.

Now I write some lengthy reviews, but yours takes the cake!!LOL I just love to see one this well written!!


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Re: Lengthy Elka shock review.

OK, here it goes. It took some time to finally get the right spring set up on the shocks. They were originally tested and set up for desert racing at high speeds. This means they had very stiff springs. When I recieved them they about broke my back on the woods courses I normally run. Eventually we got the right spring and valve set up. Basically I was the crash test dummy for the east coast. Now Tony has a good base line for the two extremes. Desert and dunes vs mx and GNCC.
As far as how it rides, IT'S AWESOME!! No more tricycling! I can power into a turn and just hammer on the gas and throw the back end around.The first couple of turns I did on the mx track, I actually over steered until I got used to it. It handles like a different machine.

Almost zero bucking. Just hit it and get it!
It flies flat off of jumps now. No more lawn dart landings unless the jump is built that way.
When people ask how a Redline rides, I tell them it's like a Lazyboy chair with a V8. Now it's even better!
As far as the adjustments go , I was alittle skeptical about the high and low speed compression at first. I didn't think it would be that noticeable, but it is. You can really change the performance of the shock with these two nobs. They do work independently of each other.

Are the Elkas better than Kings or Fox or Walker evans? I can't say cuz I've never had a set of them. I will say that the high and low compression adjustments are great to have

To sum it up, it's been worth all the waiting and money spent. It has taken the car to a whole new level!! Save up!!
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Re: Lengthy Elka shock review.

I understand the Redline, has OEM A-arms, for coil-over shocks. Mike, is this true?
How much?



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Re: Lengthy Elka shock review.

So, what were you using originally if it wasn't Fox?
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So, what were you using originally if it wasn't Fox?
I was using the Fox air shocks that came with the stock machine.
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Re: Lengthy Elka shock review.

It sounds like the primary advantage to the Elkas is the damping itself? Or is it your ability to fine tune the damping? Us Easterners are a minority here and we've got to stick together....
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Us Easterners are a minority here and we've got to stick together....
Oh contrar', there's a lot of Ohio, Kansas, Wisconsin and others, that are members.



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It sounds like the primary advantage to the Elkas is the damping itself? Or is it your ability to fine tune the damping? Us Easterners are a minority here and we've got to stick together....
I think any coil over has an advantage over the the gas shock just because of the spring. The spring supports the machine, and the shock is able to do what it was designed to do. Even a non adjustable has an advantage over the gas. However, there have been several posts made on up grading the gas shocks by means of external resevoirs and such. Look up some posts by Hoser.
The ability to adjust the rebound and compression are just icing on the cake. Really good icing.
By the way, how far are you from Huntington W.V. Derwood has some great trails up there. I hope to be going up there soon.
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Re: Lengthy Elka shock review.

How would someone order a set as you have set up? Are they bolt-on or do the mounts need to be changed?

I am about 4 hours from Huntington. Would really love to catch up some time. I have two really nice off-road parks within 2 hours. But alas, am not yet a Revolt owner. Planning to move up from my Pilots very soon. As in the next month or two.
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