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Old 10-06-2005, 05:01 PM   #11
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I was able to test fit a helmet in a motorcycle store then wrote it down and found an equivelent on ebay... i got mine for $30 bux!
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Old 10-06-2005, 06:48 PM   #12
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Safety equipment is something that I don't like to skimp on. For some pretty good prices check out http://www.racerwholesale.com/ You can get an open face SA2005 helmet for $150. I have the G-Force Hybrid see here: http://www.racerwholesale.com/catalo...products_id=53
and I really like it. Its kind of a best of both worlds between and open and closed face helmet.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:11 PM   #13
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^^^Good point about spending money on safety^^^
Something I'd like to add though, about the difference between M, SA, open, and closed face:
Solo2 events only require a SNELL-M (motorcycle) rating. Both closed face and open fall into this category.
Solo1 and many On Track events will require SNELL-SA (Severe Application) rating.
Most SA helmets are closed face.

Something in the works at SCCA as far as open face versus closed face:
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SCCA Technical Services issued an advisory that there may be an increased risk of injury from an airbag deployment when wearing a closed-face helmet.
Though, I'm not sure of any instances of airbag deployment in Solo2 racing.

If you're only interested in Solo2 AutoCross, I'd suggest an M-2000 open face helmet.
The added peripheral vision is a major plus, especially when you're just starting out.
And, if you can see better, you're also going to be safer.
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:02 PM   #14
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i got a M-2000 helmet online for about 120 shipped, forget the website though.

and yes they should be checking your safety equipment at tech. our region puts an annual sticker on your helmet that they can see when you are staged. that way they don't have to tear apart your helmet every time you tech.
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Old 10-07-2005, 10:28 AM   #15
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The added peripheral vision is a major plus, especially when you're just starting out.
Not to metion being able to see into the corners better, which I now know is of PARAMOUNT imortance...

I am going to be co-driving my buddies 1991 Red Devil sometimes though, so I am going to want to stick with the closed-face design.
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Bleh....it's auto-x. Not too much risk requiring too much thought being put into a helmet. I could see the concern if you had an interest in running tracks and such but for what it is IMO get what feels comfortable, allows decent vision, and slap some stickers on the joker!
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and slap some stickers on the joker!
^^^None of the Regions I run in allow stickers on the helmet.^^^
At least, nothing more than what was on it when you bought it new.
Stickers can affect the integrity of the helmet in a crash.
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Stickers can affect the integrity of the helmet in a crash.

care to explain?
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I never new that stickers were not allowed or that they degraded the integrity of the helmet. Thanks for the tip. I do have a Focus Sport diecut on each side and have never had a problem in my region with it.
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Old 10-10-2005, 02:10 PM   #20
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care to explain?
I don't have the original article, but it gets mentioned more often than not at events I've been to.

From what I remember:
In a hard impact that may crack the shell,
a sticker will not let the shell crack like it was designed to do,
and may not absorb the impact as good in that area.
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