A well-maintained shock absorber will last longer and perform better. For cleaning, use a gentle detergent and pay particular attention to areas where debris can become lodged. Do not use any abrasive cleaning products.


After each use After each season Annually
Clean under the bottom-out bumper Yes Yes Yes
Clean the shock absorber’s exterior Yes Yes Yes
Check the hoses for leaks or loosening Inspect Inspect Inspect
Check the shaft for damage or rust Inspect Inspect Inspect
Check seal head for leaks or loosening Inspect Inspect / Replace Inspect / Replace
Check nuts for loosening Inspect Inspect Inspect
Check spherical bearings Inspect Inspect Inspect
Check spring spacers (crossovers) Inspect Inspect Inspect
Change oil, piston and wearband, clean interior parts, check nitrogen pressure Each 6 months or each year, depending on useage
(must be done by our Factory Service Department)
Elka Suspension recommends that you inspect your shock absorbers before and after each use in order to detect any problems.


Maintenance frequency may vary depending on the number of hours the vehicle is driven and the conditions under which it is ridden. Heat, violent impacts, dust, mud and adjustment settings are all factors that need to be taken into consideration in determining the frequency of basic maintenance and oil changes. Elka Suspension recommends sending your shock absorbers to our Factory Service Department for your maintenance requirements and oil changes.


Please refer to the Owner’s manual for complete cleaning and maintenance procedures or more information.

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