Hi thanks for that, yes no idea why i wrote black box it clearly isn't!! Pretty impressed that you managed to get a new one. The DHO shock is 196i2i with a 51mm stroke. The 3.5 to 1 leverage ratio is one of the reasons the shock goes pop, that piston is working pretty hard. I had this one TF Tuned years ago which made a big improvement. As for the frame it's a curious beast. Looking at old brochures the 350 had an aluminium front triangle, but this is defo steel (presumably 853 due to the thinness of the headtube). It also has a DHO size shock. strange...
All good, yeah I bought it off ebay over here in Australia for $100 about 5 years ago, I found out whos bike it came off and I had a few issues trying to get it serviced as it belongs to Rockshox and each unit was worth 7500usd apparently but I took it to them at the world in Canberra and they didnt seem to mind.
Its a perfect for my Giant, I put it on and it also went pop just by sitting on the bike inside the house.
TF would be good but I live to far away, I managed to get a brand new shock as I pictured, the guy would make you one up if you needed it, but your best to get a fox rc if you can get one in that size.