Why? It is 100% reversible and fully customizable via any decent suspension shop for valving and springs. It is a bolt on mod that cost under $50 compared to near or over $1000 for an Ohlins that you couldn't tell the difference between if they were set up the same in spring and damping.
OK, I stand corrected, you need to chop a 6" X 2" plastic tab off, that does nothing.
I think you can replace the now cut but perfectly functioning airbox for alot less than the price difference of a Ohlins but nobody would notice the flap was gone anyway.
Hey, I'm all about top level suspension (I have a KTM factory SX team shock on my KTM) but the fact is the top level Japanese Showa and KYB, (and WP) stuff is really good. The stocker isn't valved or sprung badly, it is just a non rebuildable or adjustable turd that will be in a state of deteriorated performance within a few thousand miles.
The forks are the real problem suspension wise anyway when the shock is still fresh.
Ya I like having full control of my suspension. On all of my past bikes I would just take the shocks into Pro taper and have them rebuilt but I didn't think I would be able to with this bike. So time to upgrade.
Racetech made a custom shock for the 08+ 250, I wonder if it would work with the 300. I don't know enough about the post-gen (08+) 250 to say so, as I have a 2004 along with the 300. Can someone check out this page and give opinions? Edit: umm nevermind... $1,099.99
Do you hack up the undertail or the air box or both? my airbox will be gone soon, but I want to project the pod filter as much as possible so dont want to hack up the undertail if it will compromise getting water into filter..
I will probably do this mod eventually.. Maybe in the spring time, time many other mods going on right now haha..
Ah, IDK from where I'm sitting, look under the bike, ahead of the rear wheel, there is a flap of plastic angled down/back behind the rear shock. That is right where the res is on the new shock. i think it is a part of the airbox. You could fashion a flap of rubber to replace it anyway if you want a splash shield. There are shock booties if you are worried about the hugger not giving enough protection but at $25 a shock, the booties are nearly twice the price!