this project we used Elka’s Stage 5 at
both ends; however, we left the rear
swingarm stock. The front shocks sell
for $1699 a pair, and the rear goes for
$1299. These are top-of-the-line Elkas
with all the bells and whistles. The
rear shock has a huge 46mm body,
and all three shocks have easy-to-use
high- and low-speed compression
adjusters, rebound and preload. Elka
does have shocks that fit the stock
A-arms as well. Our stock A-arms
were so hammered after seven years
of abuse, the upgrade to Roll prod-
ucts was an easy choice.
After dialing in the suspension, we
took the refurbished quad to a local
dirt-series race. Our editor, Cain
Smead, entered it in the race. As
pure coincidence, his closest competitor was also on an LT-R450. This
quad had stock suspension. It was
easy to see how well the Roll/Elka
setup performed over the stock stuff.
The other rider was clearing some
bigger jumps and gained on Cain in
several sections, but when it was time
to hit the whoops, Cain pulled away
with ease and actually made most of
his passes there. After the race, the
guy with the stock setup was dead
tired, while Cain felt fine. In rough
corners, the stock shocks are really
jarring, and the Elka Roll setup literally “rolls” right through the bumps.
The landing off jumps, too, is harsh
Duncan Racing is the exclusive distributor of the Vortex ATV
Engine Control Units (ECU). Since this is an EFI-equipped
machine, the box can be made to manipulate ignition spark
and fuel flow for every throttle position. It’s super easy to
adjust and doesn’t require a laptop computer to make adjustments.
We have run Pro Armor footpegs and nerf bars on this quad
since we have owned it. This is their latest Revolution package. It gives a huge platform for the rider to do his work on.