AFX FX-39 DS helmet?

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by stubmw, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. XCRider803

    XCRider803 Loftin' the wheel

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    So does this rest against the shield? Wondering if when deployed and you raise the shield does it have a chance to scratch the main shield? Or will wind moving it around will you have a line where it's rubbing? Does it mount on the same hardware with a washer or something between it and the stocker?

    Anyone have experience with this shield?
  2. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    I have some minimal scratching near the top of the main shield from the sun shield rubbing it.
  3. e010584

    e010584 Dirt Rider

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    I had similar concerns about scratching with the sun shield and can confirm there is no discernible scratching to the main shield from the sun shield. There is some very minor scratching of the sun shield by the sun visor / peak in the area of the pivot but it is really only incidental. It does attach with the same hardware and has a distinct advantage over internal sun shields by providing an unobstructed (without tinting) look-down view of the instruments/controls. About the only anomaly I've found and previously noted is a "ghosting" effect where you can get some internal reflections between the main shield and sun shield that can create a "visual echo".
  4. jjdavidson

    jjdavidson Adventurer

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    This is such a long thread, and as a new afx fx-39 owner i'd like to hear suggestions about goggles (i hope this is the right word) to fit with this helmet
  5. max384

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    I wear a size small and bought Smith Fuel v.2 LST Goggles. They fit under the shield perfectly without touching the shield when fully closed. I just bought the helmet and the goggles and have only taken it out on two rides, and both were on overcast days, so I didn't get to test out their transitions-style lens capabilities though. It was in the high-30s both times, and the goggles fogged up only minimally, and only when I was stopped. I am pleased with this pair of goggles so far. I obviously can't speak of longevity or anything.
  6. XCRider803

    XCRider803 Loftin' the wheel

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    I'm also curious about what goggles can be used and still get the shield closed.

    Another question on the sun visor. I've read some reviews on other sites where people say that with the sun visor up it catches a lot more air and pulls up on the helmet way more than without. Anyone with experience with that?

    TIA
  7. max384

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    I use Smith Fuel v.2 LST goggles on my size small helmet. The visor closes all the way with these underneath. I've only owned the helmet and goggles for about a month, but so far I like them together as a combination.

    I noticed it pulling more with the visor up, but that was only on the highway, not at slower speeds.
  8. E365

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    I have this issue at 60MPH+. Anyone know a solution? I played around with the visor adjustment (screws on the side) and I can get it to snap closed very solidly, so I don't think that's it. Then I thought the wind catches the open areas on the side of the visor; the gaps that accommodate a goggle strap. I added sticky-backed foam strips to seal and block the wind but that didn't do it. I have just ordered the factory chin curtain thinking it might be wind coming up and blowing it open when I turn my head.

    If I push a finger into the shield and hold it down when I turn my head it's a world of difference. No excessive noise or wind buffeting.

    Other than that I love the helmet. Seems of reasonable quality and I love the ratchet strap. Price was right and it fits me very well. I got Hi-Viz and have been applying 303 Aerospace Protectant hoping it will prevent fading.
  9. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    If it won't stay closed, look at the detents in the shield under the side cover. The shield is probably cracked there or it could be loose.

    I've worn out one shield so far, the left side detents or notches cracked. I got a solid 12 months of almost daily use out of it till it broke, I'm using a dark shield now..
  10. E365

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    It's definitely not cracked or loose. I've thoughly adjusted and inspected the mechanism numerous times.

    It did this from day one.

    Looking at it closer it appears the ID of the visor's pivot bore is larger than the OD of the black plastic pivot. So there's slop in the pivot, even though the pin/notch part is solid. I think that's where the slop is coming from. Mine lifts about 1/4" max, not the 1/2" fattires had.
  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I've had mine for almost a year. One thing that I dislike is the buckle. It bruises my adams-apple when I ride rougher trails, where your head moves around (up and down). It's a neat concept, but where they locate it isn't. If it was up towards the ear a bit more it would be fine.

    Street and easy dirt riding no problem, but real trails hurt.
  12. max384

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    Mine bothered my neck too. It was bad enough that I was ready to junk it. Then I wrapped the piece that inserts into the buckle (not the part that actually goes in though) with electrical tape and the problem is completely solved. I now wish my daily rider helmet had this system.
  13. genka

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    I'm also looking for a liner. My settled in excessively, but AFX refused to admit it was covered by the warranty and told me they had no liners they could sell me. Such poor support of a current product is disappointing.
  14. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I an email I got from Atomic-Moto, Brian (Brtp4) said he was was looking into whether a Fly liner would fit.
  15. genka

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    I had a similar idea, but a quick check of couple of sites showed that Fly liner is also nowhere to be found.
  16. majorpayne

    majorpayne Been here awhile

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    I've been looking at an entry level helmet and think the 39 might be a good choice. However, on AFXs site they make mention of the fx-41.... I just can't find anymore info on it.

    http://www.afxhelmets.com/helmets/dualsport/index.php

    I tried liking it on Facebook as they suggest but I still didn't see any mention of it. Anyone heard anything? I'd rather not get the 39 if the 41 is about to be released.
  17. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    This is from back in March, some details are TBD:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...344858.-2207520000.1370410701.&type=3&theater

    FX-41 has a flip-down visor and a much quieter liner. Price is targeted at $189-ish. Made in a different factory, and will be more refined than the 39. Release will be Fall, at least 4-5 months away. FX-39 will stay in the line, so AFX will have two models.

    I'll post up some addl pics tomorrow.

    BP
  18. majorpayne

    majorpayne Been here awhile

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    Too bad that's a ways off. I guess I'll be getting the 39 for now. Thanks for your help! That new helmet looks nice.
  19. camaroz1985

    camaroz1985 Been here awhile

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    The 41 does look nice, and I like the inner visor. My 39 with the external visor is a great helmet.

    Was the chin curtain ever released?
  20. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    No, it wasn't. My understanding is that AFX is caught between the factories minimum order qty and their distributors willingness to order them. These issues are somewhat ridiculous, but also real.

    BP