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I took a close up before ordering new extended caps with Schrader valves and this was found on the front driverside. It looks like the shock was assembled incorrectly and the retaining ring is only half seated. Some piss poor qc. What would do? Take it back (240 mile round trip to let stoner tard mechanics look at it) or hope the circlip recess isn't damaged and just go on with life and add new end caps as planned?

I'm now very curious at to what the n2 pressures are in the individual shocks. I'm ordering a needle adaptor to check pressures effort disassembling.

Frustrating fricken day.......still no registration from CO since October. Called again and got the gal I talked to last time.....she has no idea where it is. Now this.....shock deal
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I'd just pop in back in myself then once you get the new end caps put them on.
Thanks for the reply!

That was my initial thought also. I've done the same with similar set ups in the past with no issues even if the retainer ring channel is a little messed up. But......the thought occurred of what if the retainer channel and lip are scored and, or, broken in a significant manner? These are brand new shocks (<100 miles) and I don't' want to hear you shouldn't have messed with them so no warrantee. I sent a picture to the dealer yesterday asking for guidance. If I get direction I will post. Still trying to wrap my brain around how this happened during assembly and wasn't caught.
 

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I emailed my box box stealer on this issue a week ago and got no response.......very different than when we were in the buying process. I also had some extended warrantee questions. It would have taken them not more than a few minutes to get back to me.

Sooooo, I stopped by my regular dealer, not the big box I purchased the KRX from, and showed the shock Reservoir retaining ring picture to the service manager and owner. Told them I wanted to add the Schmitidy Racing kit with extensions and Schrader valves (they came in today along with the charging and measuring manifold). They know I bought the KRX from big box because they simply couldn't get one. They told me to just do it and let them know if the shock Reservoir retainer channel was dinged up and they would make it good! They also ran the vin to check for issues and confirmed I did have the extended Kawasaki warrantee in place. Still haven't heard back from big box dealer. I decided to bring the machine into to my regular dealer for the break in service even though I have the parts to do it myself. Just because they were so fricken nice.

There's some kind of moral lesson in this concerning relationships and good service I think :unsure:
 

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That's a good dealer! I have been lucky myself with mine too.
They have always done us right.

I hated to go with another dealer to get my KRX, but I did talk to the dealership owner first and he said "just do it as I have deposits on the next few KRXs if, and when, they come in." It's a two way street. We have bought numerous sleds, bikes and UTVs from them for the last 20 years. Plus we have brought them lots of sales from recommendations to friends. Our personal business model has always been to create a win for all parties or no deal. That's how we try to live our lives and it's nice to have a dealer that thinks the same way. He's got two Blue KRXs in stock and my son is drooling over them. :D He certainly will not buy from BIG BOX Volume dealer after seeing my experience.
 

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Here are mine with the Schmidty N2 Extension Caps. Pressured them up to 200psi, cant wait to see how it rides!
Nice! Any install issues? I have all the parts, n2 tank and fill manifold sitting in my shop as I type this. Just waiting for a semi dry day to pressure wash the mud off the suspension and get to it. I also got a needle filler so I can check the pressures before I depressureize the shocks to do the change over. I'm real curious to see what is in them stock. Let us know how they work!
 

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They are super easy to install. I'll be interested to see what psi you find your shocks had from the factory. I know when I drilled my stock caps to release the pressure, there definitely wasn't much in them. I'd be surprised if there was 50psi in mine, I wish I would have checked them first.
 

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I don't think the pressure is a huge performance changer as it is really to prevent cavitation. However, it does have some effect on shock rod down pressure and ride stiffness. From what I have read, if you are tuning to a super critical level and looking for maximum results for a specific performance envelope, it is best to tune with springs and valving and run the minimum amount of n2 to a point that prevents cavitation. Real world where we need a broad envelope, most shock tuners I've researched do 200 psi and done. From my OCD viewpoint, it's like not knowing your tire pressures because they were filled at the factory and that's all you need to know. Right, I'll add schraders and moniter the pressure thank you as a cavitation condition will destroy seals pretty quick. A noticeable performance gain is a possible bonus though. I'll definitely post recorded pressures.
 

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Pulled all. 4 corners, checked pressures with a needle and pressure gage. The self sealing puck and needle system doesn't strike me as very precise. Driver front #90, Passenger front #105, Driver rear #85, Passenger rear #92 ish. Added extensions with schraders and it went as easy as the videos, with one caveat. Being in a field that works with compressed gasses a lot, I checked the cap seals with soapy water for leaks as I pressurized and purged the reservoirs, sure enough, a minor leak on the second shock O ring. It was easily remedied by emptying the shock,, pushing the cap down and pulling back and refilling. Glad I checked it. Now their all sitting at #200 spot on.

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I had these SRS reservoirs on my RZR 900s. They made a big difference. We did 150# on those so 200# seems reasonable on the larger shocks.
 

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I had these SRS reservoirs on my RZR 900s. They made a big difference. We did 150# on those so 200# seems reasonable on the larger shocks.
Been running #200 with no issues. My son put the SRS kit on a Poineer he's running #150. His 2.0s were as low as 45#.

Pretty sure I heard #200 on a Shock Therapy Video, plus did a search on other suspension boards and 200#seemed to be a common value. Working g good so far.
 

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Been running #200 with no issues. My son put the SRS kit on a Poineer he's running #150. His 2.0s were as low as 45#.

Pretty sure I heard #200 on a Shock Therapy Video, plus did a search on other suspension boards and 200#seemed to be a common value. Working g good so far.
Good to hear. I'll order next week. Thanks!
 

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Good to hear. I'll order next week. Thanks!
I have a couple hundred miles on them at #200 and think there is a slight improvement in rebound speed, but that could be in my head. Also the higher pressure certainly doesn't hurt foaming or cavitation temperature issues.
 
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