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Has anyone out there put Elka shocks on their king quad? I was considering buying a set of stage 3’s but I wanted to see if there were any installation issues. I also wanted to get any opinions because they’re expensive.
 

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I would love to get a set of stage 3 eventually. I think If you need or want to upgrade, you can’t go wrong. Everything I’ve read and researched about them says they are worth every penny. Fox brand is another one to consider too if they make for your model, many OEMs putting them in at factory.
 

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I have a friend who put Fox shocks on his utility quad and he loves them, especially when getting airborne or going high speed over the rough stuff. They have reservoirs like the Stage 3 Elka and bolted up with no problems, I can't see Elka being any different since they make shocks for the KingQuad.
 

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I just ordered the Elka stage 3 for my 2018 750. I'll let everyone know once they arrive and I get some ride time.
 

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Elka is telling me at least 8 weeks out.....It's going to be a long 8 weeks!
I'm thinking about sending my clutch to Coop? Any opinions on that? I've never had an auto clutch apart before.
 

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Elka told me the same. I’m about a week ahead of you I will let you know when they come. As far as the clutch it doesn’t look too hard to do yourself there are plenty of kits out there. Watch a video on YouTube and see what you think before you send it off.
 

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Elka is telling me at least 8 weeks out.....It's going to be a long 8 weeks!
I'm thinking about sending my clutch to Coop? Any opinions on that? I've never had an auto clutch apart before.
Nice choice but gonna have to wait.. haha. I will consider Elka stage 3s for my next upgrade after I wear my 2019 shocks out more, they work very well I think.
Regarding the coop mod(machined primary sheave). I highly recommend it, particularly if you upgrade to larger tires , even if you only got up 1 in taller and wider like I did. I had mine done last winter when I put her to sleep for a few months. Phenomenal , one of the best bang for the buck performance upgrade for the KQs. Got all the bottom end possible and maintained my top speed , low speed tractability and engine brakeing also improved if you can believe it. I’ve put over 2000KMS on her since and the season ain’t done for me yet..Lol.
From a maintenance perspective, I recently did a belt check and it revealed no increase in belt wear , still well within spec on original OEM belt!
The CVT clutch components are easy to get to and disassemble, there are quite a few YouTube videos for reference and we can assist too.

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Nice choice but gonna have to wait.. haha. I will consider Elka stage 3s for my next upgrade after I wear my 2019 shocks out more, they work very well I think.
Regarding the coop mod(machined primary sheave). I highly recommend it, particularly if you upgrade to larger tires , even if you only got up 1 in taller and wider like I did. I had mine done last winter when I put her to sleep for a few months. Phenomenal , one of the best bang for the buck performance upgrade for the KQs. Got all the bottom end possible and maintained my top speed , low speed tractability and engine brakeing also improved if you can believe it. I’ve put over 2000KMS on her since and the season ain’t done for me yet..Lol.
From a maintenance perspective, I recently did a belt check and it revealed no increase in belt wear , still well within spec on original OEM belt!
The CVT clutch components are easy to get to and disassemble, there are quite a few YouTube videos for reference and we can assist too.

Cheers!
Thanks for all the info guys!
 

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I'm thinking about sending my clutch to Coop? Any opinions on that? I've never had an auto clutch apart before.
Taking the clutch a part to install the Coop part is easy, I would say the only difficult part is getting the one nut off it. He also sells finished ones so you don't have as much down time. It might be worth checking around were you live to see if you have any performance shops that do it, could save you some money.
 

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I may contact him to get a finished one and just send mine back when it's off. I'll see what the price difference is. 8 weeks is a long time to wait for shocks. Just hoping I like them when they get here?
 

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One thing I read in the small print about the shocks is if the item being shipped into the U.S. is over $2,000.00 then it has to go through customs and is subject to additional fees through the shipping agent. I didn't know that. I was well under but news to me.
 

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One thing I read in the small print about the shocks is if the item being shipped into the U.S. is over $2,000.00 then it has to go through customs and is subject to additional fees through the shipping agent. I didn't know that. I was well under but news to me.
I'm curious why you shipped directly from Elka, seems like there are plenty of dealers in Ohio. I ship a fair bit to the US and most items over $200 get the once over by customs. Many of the carriers UPS/FedEx etc like to charge fees for clearing the package through customs, prepaying for taxes and a number of other things which really add up.
 

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I was on the Elka website and saw they were on sale and figured they custom make them anyway so I just ordered directly from them. I was happy that they actually called me and told me they were behind and it would be a little longer til they get here.
 

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Where you at in WV Hillbelly? My friends and I are thinking about planning a trip to one of the Hatfield and McCoy trails. Have you ridden any of them and if so do you recommend any certain one? We're thinking a long weekend.
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I ordered my Elka Stage 3s in July and had them delivered earlier this week. I live in New Zealand. They're fitted to a 2012 750, and I also own a 2017 750 for a direct back to back comparison. I'm 85kg (that's about 190lb for those of you in the 18th century), and I had them set up for trail riding.

When you get them you have to set the preload to set the ride height correctly, which I did.

I was expecting the King to ride more like the 2016 Outlander 650 that I also own, which just soaks up the smaller bumps. I've been on two rides so far on the Elkas, and both times I came home after 90 minutes or less after serious back pain.

These things are ****. They're absolutely rock hard, harder than my 2011 YFZ450R. It's like they're setup for MX, or they used concrete instead of oil in them accidentally. With all of my weight pressing down on the rear of the quads, I can compress stock by about 12cm. With the Elkas, I'm lucky if I can compress them 4cm, so I think the springs are far too highly rated or the shock oil is far too highly pressurised.

I ordered them though iShock in Los Angeles because Elka don't ship to NZ when ordering online, and Elka didn't reply to any of my emails or website messages when I tried to contact them about NZ shipping (should have been a warning sign). iShock is run by a bloke called Darren McGarvie who has been very helpful so far, and given me suggestions like increasing the ride height and setting the compression harder to make the ride softer - the theory being to reduce the travel to harder parts of the shock. It didn't work, in fact I think it made it worse (though that could just be my back saying "PLEASE STOP THIS MADNESS" - for context, I'm 31 years old with no back problems (until maybe now)). You can't set high speed compression on Stage 3s, which is where the main issues are occurring.

I was also told by iShock that the shocks need to be "broken in", which I suspect is total nonsense, but I'll try it anyway. It sounds like something you tell somebody when you want them to go away for a while and get used to the crap they've been given so that the shocks "feel" better over time. Since I own two Kings, that's going to be impossible, because I can compare them within seconds of each other on the exact same dirt.

I'll keep you guys posted on how things progress with iShock and Elka, but I would totally recommend that you hold onto your money for now. The stock shocks are better in every way in my opinion.

And to clarify, iShock have been generally great since before I ordered the shocks and have given some good advice. Very communacative post ordering with email updates each week on how far out the orders are, and Darren has been trying to help me set them up so that it doesn't feel like I'm running steel rebar underneath.

Radio silence from Elka. I don't think they care. They've already got my money.

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