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Old 05-03-2013, 09:29 AM   #136
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Just got an email from Elka rep. Apparently I ordered enough shocks that they bumped up the discount a bit on the group buy.

PM me if you are interested in ordering one this month.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:49 AM   #137
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Couple of pictures from the install.

The Elka instructions for the Dakar shock tell you to remove the gas tank. Not necessary. You can unbolt the lower subframe bolts, loosen the uppers, and remove the ECU and rear brake reservoir to get the clearance to do this:

Jack it up enough to get to the top bolt of the shock and you're golden.

Here's how the reservoir and preload adjuster mount up. As I mentioned, I bought shorter hose clamps for the reservoir mounting.



I've only done road rides on it so far, hoping to find some dirt on Sunday to test out the shock.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:12 AM   #138
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Looks good. I was hoping to get to the install on mine this week but I'm still sorting out the front end of my F650GS'YZ'Dakar build.

I got the YZ250F forks on, got the Highway Dirtbikes hand guards & blinkers installed, got the Leo Vince exhaust installed. The front is almost done so next up is the rear:
Install Elka shock
Pull the ABS unit & new rear brake line + bleed brakes
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:52 AM   #139
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Nice, Hdb hand guards are the best!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:03 PM   #140
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Nice, Hdb hand guards are the best!
Yep. They are really sweet! I Had to cut down the bars a little to get them to work. The only issue is they hit the upper fairing pretty early. I'm going to rotate the bars a bit to see if that helps.


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Old 05-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #141
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Install Elka shock
Pull the ABS unit & new rear brake line + bleed brakes
You'll probably have to bite the bullet and pull the tank to get the ABS unit and plumbing out, so no problems getting the shock in at the same time.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:00 AM   #142
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Took a test ride yesterday on some power lines and snowmobile trails not too far from me. GF helped me adjust the preload, had to go in about 5.5 turns on the adjuster to get it correct, but there's plenty of adjustment left for luggage weight.

The shock is pretty darned amazing! If anything, the back end is better than the front now with the YZ forks. Soaks up the rocks like you would not believe!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:00 AM   #143
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You'll probably have to bite the bullet and pull the tank to get the ABS unit and plumbing out, so no problems getting the shock in at the same time.
I was sort of figuring that would be the case... works ok for me since I also picked up an EU tank from a guy in Spain dumping the charcoal canister and getting +1.5L extra fuel. On this bike that's an extra 25 miles or maybe more.

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Took a test ride yesterday on some power lines and snowmobile trails not too far from me. GF helped me adjust the preload, had to go in about 5.5 turns on the adjuster to get it correct, but there's plenty of adjustment left for luggage weight.

The shock is pretty darned amazing! If anything, the back end is better than the front now with the YZ forks. Soaks up the rocks like you would not believe!
Great to hear. I can't wait take mine for a test ride.... soon....
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Couple of pictures from the install.

The Elka instructions for the Dakar shock tell you to remove the gas tank. Not necessary. You can unbolt the lower subframe bolts, loosen the uppers, and remove the ECU and rear brake reservoir to get the clearance to do this:

Jack it up enough to get to the top bolt of the shock and you're golden.
So did ya need to use a Moto jack to get eight off the swingarm or just raise the rear?



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Old 05-07-2013, 06:07 AM   #145
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So did ya need to use a Moto jack to get eight off the swingarm or just raise the rear?
Not sure I understand the question, but I've got a centerstand supporting the bike. Rear tire was just off the ground. I took the nut off of the big long bolt through the suspension links, and lifted the tire/swingarm with one hand while pulling the bolt out. Once the bolt is out, the tire/swingarm rests on the ground, and the links can be swung out of the way of the lower shock bolt.

If you haven't already, plan on replacing the long bolt with a stronger replacement. I think I used a grade 12.9 bolt from McMaster-carr when I replaced it a couple of years ago. The stock bolt has a habit of bending and/or breaking in rough usage.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #146
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Gotcha. That makes sense. Soon as I get the Dakar centerstand on that'll work.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #147
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Ordered a couple more today. Group buy is alive and well.

Anyone else interested in a shock?
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #148
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Oh and I got my front end together.



Hoping to get the shock installed and have the bike on the road soon.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:19 PM   #149
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You don't know how much I've been looking forward to this rear shock, Gangplank. I know some people rave about the air shock on the back of the HP2 but I think it's complete crap and hate it.

I'd been batting around the idea of going w/ the guys that have the yellow spring... then the guys that have the blue spring, etc. When I heard that the Elka shock had a reputation for being a little more robust than several of the others it meant my bike would have a red spring for sure.

Looking forward to receiving it and congrats on getting your bike back together.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:38 AM   #150
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Thanks man. I have a trackday this weekend but the next weekend is the centerstand and shock unless I get to it before that. Then the bike is roadworthy!!!
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