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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted February 04, 2005 05:54 PM  
Well guys here is the question. Which head and neck restrain in your opinion is the best. "D" Cell, Hans, Hutchens, etc. etc. the one you think most drivers use in dirt modified racing. The speeds are past the point where i think a driver should use every safety related product available for his or her protection. Thanks

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 753
posted February 04, 2005 11:38 PM  
I think this year Nascar banned the use of D-cells and Hutchens. They are only allowing the Hans. Said that the others didn't pass some tests.

I was thinking about buying one myself, but if I did buy one I would probably get the Hutchens, it looks more comfortable and in a mod I believe it would provide more than enough protection. The Hans is just so bulky that I don't think I'd like it.

I have also seen the helmet restraints that simpson sells. They are just one strap that goes under your arm and only costs $12. But I guess thats just for the sideways forces during cornering that way you wouldn't have to run the head rest on the right side of the seat. Get that out of the way for more visibility.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 87
posted February 05, 2005 09:40 AM  
I bought a D-cel for my brother. We tried very hard to make it comfortable for him to use, but he could just not get comfortable in the car with it. I know this is the same excuse all the guys that are against them use, and it is a poor excuse. However, they do limit the left to right rotation of your head to some degree, and he felt as though it impaired his ability to see what was going on around him, and that was just as big a safety concern to me. It now hangs on a coat hanger in the shop after being used about five times. The thing cost $400 new, if anyone is looking to try it out and you want to pick one up cheap, pm me with an offer.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted February 05, 2005 12:19 PM  
I have a simpson that I have wore for 3 years. It was alittle uncomfortable at first. Mostly waiting in the car to go on the track. Once on the track I never really noticed it.
I have had a couple of pretty good hits and have never had any kind of neck soreness.
I now feel uncomfortable without it when in the car.
The price has increased alot the past 3years but I believe it worth the protection.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 280
posted February 06, 2005 08:42 AM  
I think the G-Force one looks simple and most useable in a short track car. You have to use their helmet only.

Good luck,

Dennis Krause
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted February 06, 2005 10:00 AM  
I have used both the Hutchens and the Hahns. I like the Hahns better. It is easier to put on. I leave it connected to the helmet at all times. When your ready to go you just slip it around your neck, and then on with the helmet. It's so fast, handy for times when you have to rush to make your race. You just need to be sure that your sholder harness goes over the top of the device, not on the side. As for the Hutchens, it's a pain to put on. Who needs extra straps around your legs, and another crotch strap. If you dont use the crotch strap, you mighnt not even wear the Hutchens. The only negative on the Hahns is the cost. Think I paid about $850 for mine.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted February 06, 2005 10:58 AM  
This is a topic I've been thinking alot about lately. I agree, the speeds and hits are definitely great enough we all should be thinking about head-and-neck restraints.

I thought the Hans Device looked really bulky, too. BUT, I have a buddy who races sprint cars and he bought one, and he wouldn't race without it now. He loves it, and says its pretty simple and very easy to get used to.

I was wondering though, his Hans is pretty small and compact, it's prob. like only 8-10" long total. Is there different styles of these, like a full-sized version, and a mini version? Some of the pictures I've seen of the Nascar guys look like a 2 foot long horsecollar, but the one my buddy has is pretty small and slick.

Anyone have any direct experience with this?

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted February 07, 2005 06:51 AM  
The HANS is the far superior device at reducing neck loads and I say that because I've read the SAE technical papers that tested all the available devices. The strap devices don't even come close to matching the protection you get from wearing a HANS.

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