Looking for advice and experience re an alternative for an rgv 250 shock absorber...I have a braced rgv 250 swing arm and a standard rgv shock fitted....which is knackered....has anyone fitted anything else...IE r6 or some such... apparently Aprillie rs 250 shock drops straight in...are the OEM ones of these any good?
I presume this is in an Lc ? I had an Rd400 with an Lc monoshock conversion - standard Lc arm, and I fitted a remote res Rgv shock. The shock was way too hard for decent damping, but I sold the bike before I sorted it. I had another 400 mono years later and fitted an R6 shock. Problem with that is it's 295mm eye to eye - Lc is 315mm, so I had to modify the frame mounting point to allow for a standard ride height. With a quality YSS shock around the £220 mark, I wouldn't bother hoping something else might work, imo ! Plus the Yss has adjustment for length, the same as a more expensive Nitron, so you can jack the back up a bit if you want.
The other think I forgot to add - I'm not sure if a shock that is designed to work "upright" and with knuckles and dog bones will work in the same way as a shock designed for a cantilever system ? I'm certainly not experienced in suspension design and maybe it's fine but it's worth thinking about. The arrival of the YSS units to the Rd world means you don't have to compromise, if money is tight, on a decent shock any more.
As its a 31k the shock from an r6 is a well tried mod but still needs some cutting done to the top frame mount to clear the castings on the shock plus one end of the shock is a fork and not an eye. Yss are really good for the money and will work and fit properly straight out of the box.