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Author Topic:   Alarm Systems and Breath Deflectors
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted January 28, 2002 01:38 PM
Just wondering two things........
How many of you out there have alarm systems on your trucks and trailers and what is the best system to buy?

Do any of you use a "breath deflector" in your helmet? We incur numerous problems with fogging even though we run a fresh air system. We are interested in knowing wether this "breath deflector" works or not. For those that don't know what it is, it is an attached piece for the inside of your helmet that covers your mouth and nose, hence no more blowing steam on the shield.
Your help on these two subjects are appreciated.
Thanks, The Headdog

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted January 28, 2002 02:03 PM
I also have a question that goes along with that. If any of you wear glasses, does the breath deflector keep you from fogging up your glasses?

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 82
posted January 28, 2002 02:04 PM
A guaranteed solution to your fogging problems: get some Lemon Joy dish washing soap and place it on a soft cotton rag. Use a small amount and put a slight haze on the inside of the visor. Let dry, them buff off. Your visor will not fog!!! I didn't believe it when a buddy told me, but I tried it and now I'm a believer. I often race a track that gets very cold in the evening and used to have tons of fogging problems. The fogging protection will last almost all season. Good luck.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 110
posted January 28, 2002 03:48 PM
I use duck tape as a breath deflector. Works for me.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted January 28, 2002 05:37 PM
We have tried the dishsoap (all brands), FogCity shield insert, RainOff, etc.... Nothing was a total success. We thought we had eliminated the problem of fogging with the fresh air system, however racing in the damp night air out here on the West Coast can cause a problem. I guess my husband is just a "HotHead!" Ha-ha!! He also wears glasses and by the looks of the "breath deflector" it shouldn't interfere. The duct tape is a nice and cheap suggestion, will have to give that some thought. Another problem we encounter is that we use a tear off machine and those things are heavy and bulky. Our problem is that because of it's heaviness the visor doesn't stay up during those yellow flag laps. Does anyone else have this problem? What did you do to fix it??
I really need some answers to the alarm systems. What happened to the fellow CA racer in AZ is just sickening. We are planning to travel alot this year and I want to be able to sleep without the fear of waking up to find our stuff stolen. Is this just a Western States problem, or does the Midwest and East Coast racers experience this kind of problem as well?

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 82
posted January 28, 2002 06:28 PM
I am from Salinas, CA and have raced for many years in the cool damp evenings at Watsonville Speedway and I also wear glasses and used to use a tear off machine. I know you said you tried all the tricks, but don't disregard the Lemon Joy dishsoap. This did the trick for me. The glasses can be a problem, but you need to prop the visor on yellows, even hold it if you need to (on yellows). Good luck. Where are you guys from and where do you race. I know Jim, and spoke with his crewman last week. If we all work together maybe we can find his stuff. Don't forget about wheellocks on those trailers when you travel. The large teams use them when they travel.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted January 28, 2002 06:34 PM
Janice : You should of asked me .I carry some with me at the races all the time.
" ZOOKE" lense cleaner antifog.
It's put on like wax let it dry and buff the haze off the lense . You can then test the lense, put the lense over boiling water and the lense will not fog up.Great stuff.. You can buy it at any car show or thru the company. ZOOKE P.O. box 1335 Layton, Utah 84041

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted January 29, 2002 04:12 AM
Hi, i just thought i'd let you know what we use over in the UK.For a normal night we use a set of Smith roll-offs (like the mx guys use) but if its real wet we use a full face helmet with a roll-off conversion fitted to it & another pair underneath (the thing with roll-offs is they give you more film than the reciever can take when its got dirt on it and it jams up after a while).Last season we tried a car headlight washer system fitted to the peak of a full face helmet with a quick release hose for a really wet race (ok, so you look a bit stupid but it won us a final!).

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 390
posted January 29, 2002 04:23 PM
this is a direct reply to hedgehog4, but is good information for everyone......

If you ride a snowmobile you understand why the visor fogs up.......for the winter you need a double pane visor to keep clear....inside heat VS. outside heat

like a double pane window, or triple pane if you live as far north as I do.....

I suspect the reason for the fog is the tear-off keeps the heat from trasfering out like it should.....insulating the heat and crating condensation....

try a wipe of soap like these people have suggested, but take off the tear-off machine and this will cure the problem......

think of it this way.....the stem when you are cooking floats in the air when you take the lid is just GONE.....magic? But if you hold the lid in the steam it turns back into water and runs off the lid right???? that is the same thing that fogs the helmet visor.......

some people perspire more than others, and some people can fix the problem easy, have made the problem worse with the tear off machine.

[This message has been edited by awkwardjeff (edited January 29, 2002).]

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted January 31, 2002 04:41 PM
I've tried all kinds of 'anti-fog' coatings used for eyeglasses, I've tried furniture polish, dish soap, you name it. The only thing that works 100% of the time, keeps both the shield and eyeglasses clear, and doesn't make my eyes water, is a 3" X 5" index card with a strip of duct tape laid along the 5" side, half on the card and half off. The sticky part left hanging over will form around your nose and make a perfect seal, deflecting all your heavy breathing down past your chin and out the bottom of the helmet. Just be careful with the mustache.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 240
posted March 07, 2002 07:54 PM
Check with a diving shop or a firefighting store for stuff that keeps their facepeices from fogging up, maybe they can help with the problem too. (try a big, ugly, mean dog for security) my 2 cents worth

[This message has been edited by uforacing51 (edited March 07, 2002).]

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted March 09, 2002 07:03 PM
I use a breath deflector from bell never had it fog up

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