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Old 07-21-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Looks like I need to send my Elkas in for service. I am being to by Elka I should get the oil changed every year and rebuilt every year or two depending on how hard I am on them. I've never serviced mine but the rear top bushing is almost gone and needs to be replaced.

So 2 questions... How often should they be serviced? And who do you recommend to do the work? Elka has set up CycleMall in Orange as factory authorized. Has anyone dealt with them? Kind of like to have a little recommendation before shipping $2000 worth of shocks to someone to work on.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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Hi Scott, Provalve in Costa Mesa might be an option for you. He's not cheap and he's not overpriced and won't replace parts that don't need to be replaced. Just an option for you.
You can call him at 714-708-2583. He says he does not service Elka's and would have to get parts from Elka to work on your stuff. He says he can do a basic rebuild.
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Thanks Steve, I was hoping for a west coast servicer but after calling Elka, I found their warranty center in West VA is 1/3 the price I have been quoted from everyone on the west coast. $80 each and $15 for the bushing. My lowest west coast quote was $600 for all 3 plus the bushing.

So still the question is, how often to you have shocks serviced?
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I only service shocks when they blow a seal-or something else breaks like the bushings. I don't have a good answer.

At one point I took in my KX 500 forks for servicing at ProValve. According to his records I had serviced them a year earlier. He asked what was wrong and I said nothing is wrong with them and that it had been a year since he serviced them. He said you won't wear out the oil- come back next year and sent me away. Maybe if I were a hot rod track racer he might have treated me differently. His tune changed when I brought in my rear shock that had 4 years of enduros on it. He again asked what is wrong and I said nothing. It's been 4 years and I've never had this rear shock serviced. He says "well that 's way to long!" He was not to shy to let me know that the oil stunk really bad.

I still don't have a good answer. Maybe the Shell answer man knows.
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My Fox 2.0 truck shocks have been leaking oil. Time for a rebuild, I never had these problems till I moved to the desert.
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I figure they are off now and I have to get the bushing replaced... might as well send the set in and be done for another 7-8 years.
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Quad spends an equal amount of time upside down so there should be no fluid seperation issues
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Can you change the oil on the elka's yourself? As far as I know the oil can't be changed without disassembly, unlike bike front shocks that can be easily changed.

Think my bike shocks say 80hrs on oil, not sure on the quad, but I'm sure the rear needs more attention then the fronts.
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Quad spends an equal amount of time upside down so there should be no fluid seperation issues
Scott's should last another 10-15 years then
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