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Hi all,

I recently dropped out the rear shock absorbers on my 2009 GTS300 as the adjusters were stuck fast and I couldn't adjust the settings. When I fully stripped them I found that that alloy corrosion on the inside of the adjuster was why they wouldn't budge. I also found hairline cracks in both the alloy adjuster bodies, which could have been there for years or could have been caused by me drifting them off the shock body. So now the adjusters work perfectly but I know the cracks are there! The consensus on another forum is what I expected - I should switch them out, especially as I have a long ride from the UK to Italy next month for World Vespa Day.

I don't want to spend a fortune so while I hear they're good the Malossi RS24 are too much for me, leaving the OEM shocks at about £60 new, or Carbone shocks from SIP at a reasonable £122 a pair (with white bodies that would look neat on my white 300). Bear in mind that I've never adjusted the original shocks on my 300 and don't have much to compare them with, I'm looking for some simple advice on which to choose and what sort of ride difference I can expect with either, or another option. Both are adjustable...

OEM and Carbone listings on SIP are here with info...

http://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/products/shock+absorber+carbone+rear+_carb0001

http://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/products/shock+absorber+piaggio+rear+_pi56234r

Thanks all
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Super happy with my Malossi RS24's on the rear.

Anything is better than stock suspension.
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I didn't want to have the GTS off the road for too long, so best to get new shocks in at the same time as other work has the exhaust etc off. So I got the Carbone ones from SIP - a pair, new rubber bushings and top washers, delivery and insurance for £136 all in. I couldn't beat that anywhere, and they should be with me in 4 days...
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bendcyclist wrote:
Super happy with my Malossi RS24's on the rear.
Thanks. This might interest you...

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Hey brown beret,
I've just ordered these carbone shocks as well !! Have you fitted them yet? Any thoughts? Mine won't be here till monday. I was in the same situation- decided to replace shocks while other work was going on, and the Malossi were too expensive
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inchvale wrote:
Hey brown beret,
I've just ordered these carbone shocks as well !! Have you fitted them yet? Any thoughts? Mine won't be here till monday. I was in the same situation- decided to replace shocks while other work was going on, and the Malossi were too expensive
They've not arrived yet. Ordered Monday night, picked and shipped Tuesday, here by UPS tomorrow (Friday). Damn efficient those Germans! They should be an easy straight fit. I won't get out on the scoot with them on for a bit as I've the service and underbody work to finish, but there'll be plenty of time to try them out on our ride to World Vespa in Italy in June. I can play with the settings on the 3 day ride out to see what's best, plus it'll be good to ride immediately when changing the settings from one to the other as the difference should be easy to spot (rather than having a gap between riding with different settings). There's the extra sweetener that the Carbones have the white finish that matches my white GTS 8)

Cheers,
Paul
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