The Elka Stage 4 SXS shocks are the obvious choice for drivers seriously committed to the cutting edge who refuse to make any compromises. These drivers and racers demand the highest performance and the most adjustability to suit their aggressive and fast style of riding. These shocks feature independent adjustability of the high- and low-speed compression which allows you to adjust your suspension to react differently to big hits, sharp edges and jumps as well as for cornering and accelerating. Racing conditions can vary dramatically from one track to another, and sometimes even within the same track. With the Stage 4, you can make your suspension react with optimal efficiency over an entire track without compromise.
HIGH- AND LOW-SPEED COMPRESSION ADJUSTMENT
Elka’s High- & Low-Speed Compression adjustment is an internal cartridge with two distinct circuits that control the hydraulic resistance for both high-velocity and low-velocity oil displacement. This enables very advanced fine-tuning for different types of impacts that would otherwise require the rider to make a compromise between a more comfortable softer suspension and a high-performance harder suspension.
With this adjustment, the rider can have the suspension set to react differently for high-speed situations and low-speed situations at the same time so the shocks can react differently for riding situations that would otherwise require a compromise to be made between opposed optimal settings. Learning and understanding how to dial-in the High- & Low-Speed Compression adjustment might require a little time and effort, but it will reward the rider with a suspension that work wonders over any kind of terrain and obstacles.
The rebound adjustment controls the speed at which the shock absorbers return to their fully extended position after being compressed from an impact. Although the rebound valving is customized for your riding type, sometimes you might need to further adjust the rebound. Since not all riding conditions or tracks are the same, the rider will want to adapt the rebound damping to match them.
By adjusting the rebound properly, the wheels can stay on the ground as much as possible to get maximum traction and reduce the bucking effect of the spring pressure pushing back after an impact. Elka Suspension offers two types of rebound adjusters (depending on vehicle model): an easy to use twisting knob and a compact adjuster that can be set with a flat screwdriver, both of which have detented clicks.
Riders looking for more versatile suspension will greatly benefit from the rebound adjustment as it allows optimal performance, comfort and traction by helping to keep the wheels on the ground. Racers, on the other hand, really need this adjustment to be able to adapt to different tracks.
OFTEN OVERLOOKED, THE PRELOAD IS THE FIRST ADJUSTMENT YOU’LL USE TO SET YOUR VEHICLE AT THE PROPER RIDE HEIGHT AND TO BALANCE THE FRONT AND REAR WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION
All our shock absorbers come standard with a threaded preload adjustment that allows you to fine-tune the initial force applied on the springs. This adjustment is required to set up the ride height (ground or chassis clearance) and to lower or raise the vehicle. You can easily adjust the preload by turning the red anodized ring located on top of the springs using the provided tool. A locking set-screw (3 mm Allen key provided) tightly secures the ring to prevent it from coming out of adjustment when riding. Although the preload adjustment procedure is easier to achieve when the vehicle is lifted on a stand, it can also be done on the trail.
Our customized spring rates and set-ups combined with the preload adjustment provide the optimal spring rate and ride height for your riding style and type of terrain while allowing you to adapt to various situations or to suit your personal preferences. You can make your vehicle higher or lower as you like while still getting the benefits from a progressive suspension and smooth absorption.
- Ideal for racing applications and aggressive riding
- External reservoirs provides addtional cooling for more consistent performance
- Much needed upgrade for 4-seaters or modified vehicles (with additional payload)
- Available for most select vehicles
For more information on ELKA’s STAGE 4 shocks, please visit the ELKA suspensions page at www.elkasuspension.com