3 rides into the new mods it is a completely different sled. Still playing with some shock pressures, but with the elevate kit and the cut tunnel, the sled handles just like my 153 sled does but with the traction of a 162. Absolutely no regrets other than not putting it on sooner. I need to get my dads Alpha and ride them side by side in the same condtions, but my initial thoughts are that it is just as easy to ride as his Alpha is.
The cut tunnel provides a much tighter turning radius both in turning out of a steep climb that you don't make and also turning back up a steep hill. The added trenching affect of not having the snowflap work as a wheelie bar gives you a much broader window without getting stuck as my estimation is the rear of the sled will go almost 2' farther down into the snow before getting stuck giving you much more time to gain some traction or finish your turn down.