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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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JRI Aluminum Body Adjustable Shocks.

Finally installed... Obvious differences are as seen in the photos all comparisons are with the original steal body vs the new aluminum body JRI shocks. A smaller diameter main shaft with a much larger bottoming cushion, different mount bushings, dampening adjusters, preload collar and aluminum body instead of steal. They were supplied with .050" spacers to allow torsional movement, I found this spacer to not be adequate and had to purchase 10mm washers and drill them out to 1/2" to allow the proper spacing the 10mm washers I found had the same O.D. as the bushing, the luggage rack front C mount inhibits movement in my case. I removed the factory lock washer from the mounting bolt to ensure proper thread depth for the mounting bolts and replaced it with blue lock-tite. I would like to note this torsional movement spoken about in the directions is undetectable, trying to wiggle the shock back and forth once mounted, when and if this occurs I would like to see it... Also on my bike the mounting bosses were properly alighned and checked as per instructions. There are 90 adjustment clicks and after setting preload and a quick road test (30 out from max was preset) I found that the shocks were bottoming out on normal bumps and dips I quickly gave 4 more clicks of compression dampening and road the same road they did not bottom this time. I really would not have noticed this had I not left the zip tie on the shaft from setting the spring preload. Due to rain here in Ohio I will not get a chance to do an extensive road test for a day or two. Initial impression is ok at this point but can not say much more than that till I have had a chance to ride more I'll post a few more photos and update after a much more extensive road test.
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Home made spacers and properly mounted. Note the luggage rack mount required addition spacers than supplied.
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Comparison note the shaft is not chrome I was told and I quote "I think the shaft is graphite base (the mix in the metal)" So it is uncertain of the compassion of the shaft. to me it look like it would rust however I would not assume that would actually happen it is unusual as so far as I am concerned. Supposedly this was done to prevent stiction.
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Mounting bushing comparison and spacers.
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I see now how you can't compare new with old settings, my shocks only have 44 clicks on the sweep valve, I think the updates look like an improvement, bigger shaft, better (possibly) bushings, mine didn't come with any spacers or washers so I had to get my own anyway.

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Spent the weekend riding these... After getting them dialed in... I'm fairly pleased. The original steel body JRI's for what ever reason were not anywhere near the chore that these were to get them working properly... However after some frustration which is no fault of the shocks... A zip tie and a couple miles of highway back and forth adding compression dampening till they did not bottom got them damn close in a hurry wish I would have thought of that sooner I can not believe these guru's have not figured out what I have to get these things set up without a lot of guess work. I find the need to bolt the original steel body shocks on again and set them with the same method as I did these before I do a full comparison and review...

The new units are pretty nice riding I will say that.. so much so... bumps hit with the front end with new mono tubes installed (that I was previously pretty happy with) are not felt in the rear.... these are bumps/dips I would normally have avoided.... in short it's just odd feeling the bump in the front end and not the rear.. If you follow what I'm saying... The mono tubes will be gone this winter and thats a fact... There weakness's are shining with these new shocks.
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my buddy had the same result with the monotubes once he got his dialed in, we got back from a 4 day trip and they came right out, he wound up putting in ricor intiminators.

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