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post #1 of 12 Old 08-12-2009, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, need a suggestion or two concerning a HJC helmet. The side mounting plates for the face shield are very stiff and a bit too notchy for my tastes. Already had one side self destruct due to too much force needed to flip up the shield. Is there anything that I can use to lube the mechanism that will not damage or weaken the plastic bits in the side plates ? Thanks in advance for any and all ideas.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-12-2009, 01:14 AM
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Which model of HJC is it? Silicone spray will be safe on the plastic and shouldn't get too messy if you apply it sparingly.
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Silicone spray should work. Make sure that what ever you use is "plastic compatible" so that it does not eat at the parts. Avoid petroleum (hydrocarbon) based sprays. They can soften and eat at the plastic.

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I had a KBC not sure of the model but I replaced 3 shields and tried the silicone spray to no avail...finally through the POS out and bought a Shoei TZR for like $279 Best and quietest helmet I ever had.

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Hi guys, need a suggestion or two concerning a HJC helmet. The side mounting plates for the face shield are very stiff and a bit too notchy for my tastes. Already had one side self destruct due to too much force needed to flip up the shield. Is there anything that I can use to lube the mechanism that will not damage or weaken the plastic bits in the side plates ? Thanks in advance for any and all ideas.
I've used a product called Water Lube on mine.
It's made for the swimming pool industry.

It's a heavy gel that comes in a tube, and is not unlike a popular brand of personal lubricant named after an abbreviation for the Bluegrass State.

You may want to look closely at the hinge points to see that somethig hasn't galled up or is binding.

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Are you sure the visor is installed correctly, Bob? My HJC is definitely not notchy. Might be a difference in model, though. I think it may have been a little notchier when new, but not at all after a month or so of use. I've got the AC 12. My wife's CL SP is a little notchier, but not overly so.

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My CL Max is so notchy when I first started using it I did not realize it would open further until I forced it . It's getting better with use. I'll try some silicone spray. Thanks
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Silicone dielectric (as used on electrical connections) is also a rubber (orings) and plastic lubricant. I put it on the helmet pivot, and lightly coat the shield seals. http://www.dowcorning.com/content/di...ts.aspx?bhcp=1

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My dad would be shaking his head at all of the goop being suggested. Graphite. Pull off the shield, rub the "lead" of a pencil on the offending parts, put the shield back on.

Pencil graphite is magical for stiff or stuck hard parts. Try it on stubborn riding gear zippers too.

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My CL Max is so notchy when I first started using it I did not realize it would open further until I forced it . It's getting better with use. I'll try some silicone spray. Thanks
That is the helmet I have. Sprayed some silicone on it today and it appears the notchy parts just fit notchier now. New side plates are sprayed on both sides so I am hoping things will smoothen out with use. This is the 2nd of 3 HJC helmets that have had self destructing side plates that I have bought in 4 years. I am really not impressed overall. The helmets are good but the reliability of the side plates will have me looking for a different brand in the future. Will have my fingers crossed in the mean time.

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