I was out of town when the shocks were delivered. I took today off to get ready for a trip to see our grandsons but had time to pop the new shocks on and put about 50 miles on. I can't honestly say the noise/vibration is noticeably any different than before the shock replacement. It seems replacing the Final Drive made the biggest difference for me, so far. Maybe I'll have to try the Universals. I am just not looking forward to replacing them though.
The noise is probably no big deal but I am the type that if something isn't "right" I have a hard time ignoring it.
Thanks for documenting and sharing all your experiences, you have been unbelievably helpful.
Take Care and Ride Safe!