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    I am thinking about putting a stage 4 Elka on the rear and then saving my penny's to put stage 2 on the front! My question is it ok to do the rear first and then do the front later? I have a 2016 F3T!

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Day View Post
    I am thinking about putting a stage 4 Elka on the rear and then saving my penny's to put stage 2 on the front! My question is it ok to do the rear first and then do the front later? I have a 2016 F3T!

    You'll be just fine doing the rear 1st. Ideally a balance is the suspension is best but unless your racing--no problem.. I did the reverse--front 1st with same model Elka's. If you're on the heavier side--the rear 1st might be best anyway.

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    Did you put stage 2 on front and 4 on the back? That what they said would be best when I talked to the Elka rep!

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    Default No problem....

    But do both fronts at the same time...good shocks you will appreciate the difference...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildrice View Post
    You'll be just fine doing the rear 1st. Ideally a balance is the suspension is best but unless your racing--no problem.. I did the reverse--front 1st with same model Elka's. If you're on the heavier side--the rear 1st might be best anyway.

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    Im on the heavy side and did the front only, stage 1. Im very happy with the results. The rep at Spyderfest told me the Stock rears are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Day View Post
    Did you put stage 2 on front and 4 on the back? That what they said would be best when I talked to the Elka rep!
    I actually installed Stage 3 on the front & Stage 2 on the Rear on my 2015 F3's.. There may be some difference in our riding styles, single or double, body weight--the Elka Rep will help you choose.
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    Where did you order yours from wildrice

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Day View Post
    I am thinking about putting a stage 4 Elka on the rear and then saving my penny's to put stage 2 on the front! My question is it ok to do the rear first and then do the front later? I have a 2016 F3T!
    Not sure if you know this but I have heard from many people and I am not 100 % sure that to keep the warranty you have to take the shocks off every year while under warranty and send them back to the factory at your expense. Please dont quote me on this as I said I am not sure if this is true or not..... it wont hurt asking the factory rep.

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    Default Warranty and Service

    The following are the warranty and service as stated in the manual. I don't find anything that says you can renew or extend your warranty beyond 1 year. This doesn't mean you can't; just that I don't find anything in writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spydernatic View Post
    Not sure if you know this but I have heard from many people and I am not 100 % sure that to keep the warranty you have to take the shocks off every year while under warranty and send them back to the factory at your expense. Please dont quote me on this as I said I am not sure if this is true or not..... it wont hurt asking the factory rep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robhowen View Post
    The following are the warranty and service as stated in the manual. I don't find anything that says you can renew or extend your warranty beyond 1 year. This doesn't mean you can't; just that I don't find anything in writing.

    Service.jpgWarranty.jpg
    Thank you for clearing that up my concern would be how reliable are these shocks and maybe some one that has them on can answer do they need to be serviced every year to keep them performing up to standard my idea of a shock would be anything up to 80,000 miles the should perform well with minimal deterioration.

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    Default I'm with you

    I'm with you; I don't want a shock I have to service every year, or even anything close to that.

    Hopefully we'll hear from others with actual experience.

    Rob

    Quote Originally Posted by spydernatic View Post
    Thank you for clearing that up my concern would be how reliable are these shocks and maybe some one that has them on can answer do they need to be serviced every year to keep them performing up to standard my idea of a shock would be anything up to 80,000 miles the should perform well with minimal deterioration.
    2015 RT-Ltd SE6 and F3S SE6, both with a number of commercial add-ons plus my own tweaks.

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    Hi spydernatic,

    Re: my idea of a shock would be anything up to 80,000 miles the should perform well with minimal deterioration.

    I'm with you.

    I was just about to pull the trigger on a full set of Elkas. No Thanks.

    I'll find something ( even if just stock when necessary ) before I buy something that has to be serviced that often. That's just nutz,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwtrucker74 View Post
    Where did you order yours from wildrice
    I ordered direct from ELKA--spoke with the technician who wanted my weight, riding style, & % of time I had a passenger plus their weight. They set up the shocks according to those parameters. Since then I have backed off the rebound 1 click for a smoother ride over bumps.
    Good Luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwtrucker74 View Post
    Where did you order yours from wildrice
    I ordered direct from ELKA--spoke with the technician who wanted my weight, riding style, & % of time I had a passenger plus their weight. They set up the shocks according to those parameters. Since then I have backed off the rebound 1 click for a smoother ride over bumps.
    Good Luck,
    Darrell
    PS: Initially I installed the rear shock with the adjustment screw pointing toward the rear. Thus I had to remove & reinstall the rear with the adjustment screw pointed toward the front for adjustment access. I believe the new ELKA fixed that issue by install an adjustment knob.

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    I put Elka Stage 11 on my F3 T upfront. Huge difference from the factory, I have left the settings alone as of now since I have not had the opportunity to ride to much as I have just had knee replacement. Will experiment in the coming months. BajaRon Sway bar is next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robhowen View Post
    I'm with you; I don't want a shock I have to service every year, or even anything close to that.

    Hopefully we'll hear from others with actual experience.

    Rob
    Quote Originally Posted by JerryB View Post
    Hi spydernatic,

    Re: my idea of a shock would be anything up to 80,000 miles the should perform well with minimal deterioration.

    I'm with you.

    I was just about to pull the trigger on a full set of Elkas. No Thanks.

    I'll find something ( even if just stock when necessary ) before I buy something that has to be serviced that often. That's just nutz,

    Jerry Baumchen
    Have you guys thought about the Fox Podium 1.5's for the fronts and the Fox Podium RC2.0 for the rear? I have been running these for over a year now. I ride it like I stole it most of the time and have NO loss of performance from them. Set up a notification on ebay for when new items are posted and be a little patient. I got mine there (brand new from a Can Am dealer) for 50% of MSRP!
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