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Can-Am Commander Stock Replacement Shocks
Elka Stage 4 Shock on the Left - Factory Commander XT Shock on the Right
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
Unless you ride in the same terrain day in and day out, you need a shock
that is adjustable. With two way compression adjustment and rebound
adjustment, Elka Stage 4 shocks fit the bill perfectly. Whether you are
cruising with your Mom and want a soft ride in the forest, or if you are on
a fast guy's ride in Glamis and want to catch some air and not worry about
g-outs, the Elka shocks have the adjustability to handle it.
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
The larger black dial is for high speed compression and the smaller, red
dial is for low speed compression adjustment.
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.
The removal and replacement of the front shocks on the
Commander is super simple. Stock hardware is reused and the
misalignment spacers on the shocks were the perfect size.
The removal of the rear shocks takes a little more effort
just to get the bolt out of the factory shock. Nothing out of the
ordinary, just need to work at it for a few minutes longer than the front.
This is probable due to the sway-bar. Once the factory shock is off, the new
Elka shock bolts right up.
Setting Ride Height
Once the shocks are installed, it is time to set the ride
You want to measure ride height with your Commander loaded
as you would on a typical ride with passengers, fuel, tools, etc. My
goal is to use Elka's recommendation of 12 1/2" right behind the front
a-arms and 12" right near where the trailing arm attaches to the frame.
Before adjusting the pre-load collar on the shocks, jack the
vehicle up so the collar will spin with less pressure.
Loosen the bolt that holds the collar tight. Then
rotate the collar to achieve the desired height. Make sure to load
your Commander up and take it for a short spin before measuring ride height
Since I ride in a variety of terrain, I really like to have
the ability to adjust the shocks for maximum comfort and performance.
For example, in a rock crawling environment where speeds are slow, I want a
ride that is more like a Cadillac. But get me in the dunes for a fast
ride and I want a shock that can handle the chop without knocking my
fillings out, and not collapse on g-outs.
The Stage 4 Elka SxS shock is perfect for this. With Elka's
High- & Low-Speed Compression and Rebound adjustability, it is like having
shocks that are well suited for all environments.
Video from Sand Mountain with Elka Stage 4 shocks and stock arms
Elka Suspension was founded in 2000 by the association of the three
current owners. In its first years, the company focused mainly on
performance and racing ATVs. By then, the stock suspension on those vehicles
was not as refined as it was on motorcycles, which left a lot of room for
improvement. Our company has been the first to offer separate external
adjusters for high- and low-speed compression for ATV applications.
We quickly became one of the leading suspension manufacturers with our
unique philosophy: every customer deserves the same high-quality products
and attention as any professional racer, regardless of their riding
abilities. We believe that professional racers are not the only ones who
deserve the performance of a custom-built suspension system. What works for
them should also be put to work for you. Thatís why we use our valuable
racing experience to develop advanced shock absorbers and make them
available to everyone.
From the beginning, we have been committed to our customers. Our company
has earned its reputation one customer at a time by offering truly
custom-built suspension products, delivered within the fastest turnaround
time in the industry and backed by the best customer service. Our staff has
always been composed of dedicated people with a strong passion for the
sport; we truly live and breathe for racing and riding. Racing has taught us
many things: most importantly, that it takes dedication and hard work to
take the lead position ó then even more to stay up front.
Today, Elka Suspension is a successful company and yet remains true to
its roots: designing and manufacturing of high-quality suspension components
that address the specific needs of each customer.