I finally got them apart. I think it was mostly the pressure of the spring that made it exceptionally hard to rotate as they spin freely up and down the shaft without any resistance with no spring on. There's so little resistance that a light spray with the hose is enough to rotate the ring from end to end like a windmill. I think there must have been a tiny bit of dirt in there too, because it wasn't quite that hard when brand new.Please keep us updated on your progress. I hope there aren’t too many bumps on the road for you involving these shocks.
I ordered my shocks on the 4th of September and got them a week and a half ago. There's still hope!I purchased my Elka stage 3’s towards the end of 9/2020 and I reached out to Darren from ishock recently and was told 2-3 more weeks.
I hope I don’t have the same experience as ITWarrior. I can take the wait, but I dread going through what ITWarrior had to go through.
I hope everything worked out for you ITWarrior
I’m in the same boat as you. Mine also came at 20 and 11. I have only done some light snow riding and a little plowing since I installed my shocks. As soon as I get a real ride in I will share my thoughts and adjustments.Hello everyone,
I was able to install my Elka Stage 3’s. However, I was only able to test them out in the snow so far, which was probable not the best conditions to compare such high-end shocks to stock shocks.
I weight 240 and have approx. 20 pounds of gear on my front rack and a winch. I ride at relatively high speeds on rough terrain (rocky, stumps, etc). The tags on my Elka Stage 3’s are listed as having been adjusted to -11 in the front and -20 in the rear for low compression.
I did measure the front and rear ground clearance before and after install. Before install I measured 11 1/2 inches up front and 10 3/4 inches after install. In the rear, I measured 12 1/4 inches clearance before install and after install I measured 11 1/2 inches.
Before I rode on my new shocks, I put some weight on my front end and rear end and found that there was a lot more play compared to my stock shocks. There was so much play with my new shocks that I was concerned that I would do damage to them. Then I figured how much damage could I do to them in snow.
After I rode on my new shocks, I don’t think I did any damage to them, but I did not feel much of a difference between my stock shocks and a new shocks due to the snow. I’m sure I would have felt a difference if it was not for the snow.
I did not do any self-adjustments yet. I want to get any information I can from others that have the same shocks that can help me dial in mine. I fully understand the variables (riding weight and style). It would be greatly appreciated if someone would share their specs with me.
Keep me updated and I’ll do the same.I’m in the same boat as you. Mine also came at 20 and 11. I have only done some light snow riding and a little plowing since I installed my shocks. As soon as I get a real ride in I will share my thoughts and adjustments.