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06-19-2007 12:03 PM
Geezer [QUOTE=Impaled;1629341]Yeah a helmet is the only thing keeping me from autoxing at this point. Any good cheap sites to buy one from would be nice, but then how do we try em on? lol.[/QUOTE



Try on friends helmets etc. once you find one that fits note the brand and size. I then suggest getting a copy of "Grassroots Motorsports" magazine. They have lots of ads for shops that carry SA rated helmets. One of my favorites is www.racerwholesale.com.
06-19-2007 11:13 AM
focusedintentions I have a $750 arai limited edition helmet...you can't buy a better helmet from them...but that's cuz i ride and it matches my bike lol....yes my head is worth alot! I use that for my autoX or karting days.
06-19-2007 09:55 AM
WeeAsp ^^ Very true. There are deals to be had when it comes to purchasing a helmet. $100 or $150 is not an unreasonable price...

Depending on your activity.

To SK's point, and yours, if you intend to take a car to a track, then you WILL need the SA rating.

So, if that is part of your plan, then spend the extra money (within your budget) and get the SA rating.
06-18-2007 08:44 PM
GaryS For an autocross helmet just go to the local motorcycle shop. The HJC brand of helmets is the most popular helmet at the SCCA Solo Nationals and a couple of winters ago I bought a HJC CS-5 (open face) at the local Honda dealer for $65. I like it better than my Bell Mag 4 that cost twice as much. Just be aware that not all helmets sold at a motorcycle shop will be Snell approved (needed for SCCA Solo competition). Make sure it has the Snell sticker inside on the foam before you buy.

OBTW- Many SCCA Solo National Championships have been won by folks wearing a <$100 helmet.
06-18-2007 08:16 PM
SkaAddict Before buying an M-rated helmet, stop and think for a second...do you ever plan to do anything more than just auto-x? Because aside from auto-x and some drag strips, pretty much all road courses and similar tracks require a SA helmet (or equivalent), and while auto-x is fun, you might eventually step out of the parking lot and into a real race enviroment.
06-18-2007 08:09 PM
killer ZETEC thanks man! now to go to the yamaha dealer down the street !!
06-18-2007 12:29 AM
WeeAsp My apologies for not posting sooner...I was out of town for Father's Day.

A couple of things.

1. You DON'T need to spend $1000 for ahelmet. As the article indicates, decide what kind of activity you intend to pursue and go from there. For AX an "M" Certified helmet is more than sufficient. There are also manufacturers like HJC that offer reasonable helmets for less than $200.

2. Buying online. This is a bit of a concern because you will not know how the helmet fits until you try it on. Each manufacturer sizes differently. So, your best bet is to try on a helmet and go from there. If you can accurately size your helmet in person, then buying online is less of a concern.

A quick story. A good friend of mine who had a marginal interest in motorsports wnt to WAL-MART and purchased a no-name $78 dollar helmet for use on track and in AX. He failed tech inspection because the helmet was not up to certification standard because it could not be proven.

He returned the helmet and bought an HJC. For $40 more he was able to purchase a certified helmet at a reasonable cost. Since he is only marginally intereste, his needs for AX were met and coud also participate in track events.

$140 was all his budget will allow for at this time. So, take that into consideration as well.

However, heed the advice of the article in going too far on the cheap...
06-16-2007 02:36 AM
SkaAddict I got mine from Summit Racing (mainly because their showroom is about 30 minutes away from where I live,) a Bell Mag-4 open face for $300 plus tax. I figure I never plan on owning an open top/windshieldless car so I don't need a full-face helmet, and I think open face helmets are more comfortable to wear, espeically for longer periods of time (I got it mainly so I can run at a road course about an hour away from where I live.) Like he said, put "low price" out of your thoughts when considering a helmet.
06-16-2007 01:58 AM
Impaled Yeah a helmet is the only thing keeping me from autoxing at this point. Any good cheap sites to buy one from would be nice, but then how do we try em on? lol.
06-15-2007 09:57 PM
killer ZETEC good i understand that stuff. but how about a list of sites that sell helmets

around here a cycle helmet will work for auto x but i want to run my car at road america so i need a race helmet right?

any sites you know would help
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