Servicing Shocks

We recently received an email from a customer browsing our website that was aksing a common question we get asked several times a week:

Is it more expensive to modify existing Elka shocksto fit a different quad than buying new shocks?

Here’s Brandon’s email:


I used to have a full set of Elka’s with remote reservoirs on my Honda TRX400EX. I recently bought a 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700R. I was wondering if it would be cheaper; to have the shocks I currently own modified for the Raptor or buy new ones. Also what would be the ballpark price on this service?

Thanks. I love you product. It transforms my bike into a smooth riding Cadillac!

Brandon Sexton
Bridgeport, WV

This simple question cannot be answered simply as the answer depends on several factors.

Brandon is lucky as the TRX400EX and Raptor 660 share a very similar geometry and same length shocks. He can transfer his shocks onto his Raptor without any problems, thus keeping the value of his initial investment. With a servicing, our technicians are able to alter the valving and spring configuration (if needed) to make the shocks work as new units that would have been built directly for the Raptor.

But it’s not always that simple. When the two vehicles don’t have much in common, switching shocks between them can involve high costs and there’s a lot of chances for things to go wrong without proper advice. This is also true when you buy used shock absorbers.

Important factors to consider before buying used shock absorbers.

When you’re shopping for shock absorbers on a tight budget, you might be tempted to look on the used market. While this seems to be a cheaper alternative, you need to take into account some important factors before making a final buying decision. These factors might affect the performance and also the total price you will have to pay.

All Elka Suspension shock absorbers are custom-built for the original customer’s weight, vehicle model and specific riding type, all of which are probably different than yours. While the shocks may fit on your vehicle, they might cause damage to it or even worse, cause serious injuries to the rider if any of the above details vary from the original customer.

To make sure that the Elka shocks you intent to buy are compatible with your vehicle and will offer the performance and comfort you expect, always call Elka Suspension before buying used shocks. Our technicians will be able to confirm, with the shock’s serial number, if you can or cannot ride them safely.

Most of the times, a simple and affordable service work can make used Elka shocks perform like brand new units, specifically tuned for your weight, vehicle model and riding type. It will also ensure that you will get the maximum performance and comfort from your purchase for a longer period of time.

Call us now at 1-800-557-0552 before buying used Elka shock absorbers.