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post #1 of 25 Old 08-11-2006, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone had problems repalcing visors on the HJC AC11

Attempted to replace the stock clear visor on my AC11 today, can you say nightmare? While it is relatively straight foward with the clear, it is virtually impossible with the smoke since you cannot precisely aling the components.

Anyone have suggestions to install a dark smoke visor?

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post #2 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 12:39 AM
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I don't have a problem seeing through mine. I got the latest AC to replace my trashed Arai Signet since I'm getting the idea that it will be a very unusual accident where there will be a difference in protection and there is a huge difference in price. I was pleasantly surprised with the comparative ease of shield replacement, positive shield stops and the shield lock.

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post #3 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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AC11 Shield

Guess I am a moron.
Replacement of clear shield is simple as you can view "gear train" for proper alingment. However with the smoke shield you cannot. I have reinstalled the clear and am fixing to throw the $40.00 Smoke in the trash along with the AC-11
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post #4 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 02:43 AM
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Trashed the side pieces on my helmet trying to line up the tinted lense and had to order new ones. I now have a second helmet with a clear lense for nite rides and finally got the tinted lense mounted where it will live forever.

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post #5 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 07:01 AM
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There are two gradations of the smoked visor; smoked and dark smoked. I have the dark smoked and as you say it is difficult to see through to line things up. I use a flashlight and at the right angle can see enough to get things back together. After you've done it a time or two it gets easier but I usually have to fiddle with it a little to get everything back together.

A word of warning ... You do NOT want to get caught out in a thunderstorm with the dark smoked visor. Stromette and I were riding Thursday evening and it started to rain. She stopped and swapped her sunglasses for regular glasses and I commented that I wished that I could. After we split up and I headed home the "Rain" turned into a "Storm" and I really could not see much of anything. Nashville drivers are bad on a good day and worse when they even start talking about rain. It wasn't a good feeling not being able to watch out for them. In all honesty I should have just stopped and waited it out but I didn't (just as well since it stormed for several hours). Made it home with no problems but it wasn't much fun. Like Water Warrior I have a second helmet with a clear visor, but I didn't have it with me Thursday. Sure did miss it to.

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post #6 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 10:28 AM
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I don't have a dark lense but here is an idea.

Put your clear lens in and rotate it to right position for the change. Then use some masking tape to mark the angle of the lense at the top. Then you can remove the clear lense and try to install the smoke. Use the tape as a guide for the right angle to get you close.

Hope this helps. I'd hate to see you waste a perfectly good lense.
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post #7 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 11:41 AM
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I have an AC11 helmet and a mirrored visor that I pop on if I'm going to be out in the sun all day. It's not hard to change after you've done it a few times. I first slide that curved fin part underneath the slot at the top that it goes into, then while looking underneath I line up the peg with the top of it's slot. Then the rest just snaps right in. I can probably change out my shield in 30 seconds.

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post #8 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 12:05 PM
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Indeed. Just like it says in the instructions. Hold the catch open, do the track, then the pivot.

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post #9 of 25 Old 08-12-2006, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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AC11 Visor

Thank You ALL!
The combination of your suggestions worked!
I now have the dark smoke visor installed. Time to go riding, we had some major storms here last night with micro tornados, many houses in my area have been crushed by falling trees and some roads are impassable by car but not for the Strom!

Thanks!
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post #10 of 25 Old 08-14-2006, 12:22 AM
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Does anyone out there have any experience with HJC flip up helmets? I'm interested in the Nolan 102, but am afraid it might not be right for my head. Have worn HJCs before.

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