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Author Topic:   Helmet shelf life
loojack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted December 07, 2002 07:32 AM
I've got a Simpson SX-8 that is about 4 years old with only a few nights racing on it. It's been stored in a helmet bag since, my question is should it be replaced or is it safe to use? Thanks, loojack

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redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted December 07, 2002 11:07 AM
The helmet should be ok as long as it hasnt taken a good hit. Although track rules will dictate the rating, in 2000 we had to grade up to a 2000 snell rating at our track. Eddie

loojack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted December 07, 2002 12:19 PM
Thanks, Eddie, The helmet hasn't taken a hit or anything, just been sitting since I "retired" from racing the first time. loojack

racerdave99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted December 07, 2002 09:47 PM
I have a simpson bandit and I have taken a good shot but a good thing to have to save a helmet is roll bar pading, it has saved my head and helmet a couple of times. as long as its not cracked or dented it is fine. Think about that padding.

hope i have helped
Racer Dave 99

loojack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted December 08, 2002 07:27 AM
RacerDave, Thanks for the reply, I plan on using lots of padding. I have a question, do you use standard (foam) or the denser padding on the bars near your helmet? Thanks again, loojack

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Middle aged wannabe racer!

racerdave99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted December 08, 2002 12:47 PM
Hey bud, I like standard roll bar pading. CMWraceparts.com has the pading I'm talking about. It is fire resistant and it has ofset padding wich means one side is thicker than the other. Put the thick side closest to you. it is about $3.00 a stick but it is worth it. Also put it near your arms and legs it really saves bad sores. And just tie it of with zip ties. Please dont use insulation pading its just not good enough. I would hate for someone to get hurt.
think about it.
David

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