GRIZZLY PROJECT: Elka Stage 4 Shocks

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After the popularity of our GNCC inspired WR700 Grizzly build last season on Dirt Trax Television, we wanted to see what we could do to increase the level of performance out of a stock Grizzly focused on trail performance to bring it up to the level of Limited models offered by Yamaha’s competition.

Some of these competitive units feature some pretty trick aftermarket parts such as performance piggyback shocks, trick wheels and aggressive meats as well as performance exhausts or bolt-on accessories. Our Grizzly project is shaping up and its latest upgrade is a game changer.

Elka Suspension sent us a beautiful set of Stage 4 shocks for the Grizzly’s rear suspension and Stage 3’s for up front. The Stage 4 shocks are only one step down from Elka’s top of the line Stage 5 high performance shocks which we used on the WR700 last season. Not only are the Stage 4 shocks absolutely gorgeous, they significantly increase the performance capabilities of our ATV.

The Stage 4’s smooth turning single external compression knob controls the low-speed compression damping helps to reduce body roll while cornering and rear end squatting when you press the go button. Not to mention a considerable upgrade in plushness while navigating choppy and aggressive terrain. Also built into the shock is an internal high-speed (back saving) blow-off circuit which relieves peak pressure on G-outs.

These shocks also feature rebound adjustability, which controls the speed at which the shock returns to their original fully extended height. This also helps reduce the bucking sensation experienced while tackling stutters at speed, keeping the rider in control of the ATV and moving forward in the right direction.

Furthermore threaded body spring preload allows the rider to fine-tune the force applied to the springs and balance rider and cargo weight distribution over the entire vehicle to suit personal preference and adapt to various terrain conditions.

Stay tuned for more about this build and visit for more information about the Stage 4 shock absorbers.

Mike Lester
Mike Lester
Mike Lester is Staff Photographer and Digital Content Manager for Dirt Trax TV. He is also a Contributing Editor and Guest Correspondent on the show.

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