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Next upgrade is going to be front shocks.

Debating between 450R's, Elka Stage 1's, or Fox Floats.

Elka's and Floats are close in price, and 450R's are quite a bit cheaper.

I love the idea of the Fox Floats, but not sure how they actually perform compared to the others.

Just looking for some experiences and opinions.

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I had a set of floats but sold them. I found out fox used the same shock on the 450r and 700xx, making it alot shorter shock than the original 700xx. I was unable to get my ride hight set, which is why I sold them to member on the 450r forum. As far as I know he loved them. I'd have to look but Elka Stage 1 is probably a basic shock with just preload adjustment.

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I had a set of floats but sold them. I found out fox used the same shock on the 450r and 700xx, making it alot shorter shock than the original 700xx. I was unable to get my ride hight set, which is why I sold them to member on the 450r forum. As far as I know he loved them. I'd have to look but Elka Stage 1 is probably a basic shock with just preload adjustment.

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Yeah the stage 1's are fairly basic, but anything other than the stock shocks are a huge upgrade for the 400ex.

Trying to keep the price as low as possible while not cheaping out.

Fox/Elka's are aound $700-$750 and 450r's I can get for just under $400
 

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Fox/Elka's are aound $700-$750 and 450r's I can get for just under $400

The cheapest I see Elka stage 1's is $649.99 For $999 you can get the complete set of Elkas stage 3 legacy series. I know you said your trying to keep cost down, but I'd go this route spending the extra $250. You'd get all 3 shocks and compression adjustment and rebound on the rear. You can add the rebound clickers to the front, if you want but it cost more. Also you can add them down the road yourself if wanted.

And if wanting to keep cost down you may wanna look at some new take off 450r shocks, that is if they fit okay. I see these all the time if you look on the 450r forum. I personally love the looks of the Fox evol float shocks, but for dependability I'd stay away. If your out riding and you get a seal leak, the Elka's still have the spring, as the floats leave you with no suspension.
 
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Agree^^^^ fox floats only have one advantage. Weight savings. Besides that they require more constant maintanance and if you blow a seal you are pushing that quad home at best. More like dragging a giant shovel lol. I agree with elka stage 3 legacy series as that is exactly what i picked up this winter for my quad. Btw. Ishock will hook it all up real smooth with no bs or screwing around. Elkas also are made in canada so not sure if that matters to you or not? I know i try to run local brands to me. Hense the hmf, wiseco, cometic, gt thunder and more local brands to me in ohio lol. But stage 1s are going to be a marginal upgrade from stock at best. And honestly a downgrade from 450r shocks. They dont even have compression adjustment at all. Prelooad only. I couldnt find a better deal then a grand on all 3 shocks made to your exact suspension geometry, riding style, and weight. My .02
 
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