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Author Topic:   HANS or Hutchens
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posted February 10, 2005 09:26 AM  
The driver has been thinking getting one. They are not real common in short track racing so I dont know much about them. From what I can see the Hutchens looks like a better deal for our kind of racing. Anybody have any input?

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posted February 10, 2005 09:37 AM  
i used to think that too, but more i looked into them the hans is much better. it helps alot more than the hutchensons. i thought nascar is not allowing the hutch anymore.
i am saving my dollars for the hans.

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posted February 10, 2005 10:03 AM  
Yeah i was a little hasty in posting that. After I did i read a little more on it and I woudl agree the HANS is prob the better system. I thought at first it would be more trouble getting on and everything but I actually think it would be easier and quicker tahn getting into the Hutchens harness everytime. At the speeds we run either one would prob provide adequate support, but there has to be a reason Nsacar wouldnt allow one.

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posted February 10, 2005 10:09 AM  
i think nascar outlawed them bacause they did not pass a sfi certification. i am not 100% sure though, but think that was the reason.
also i have seen some crashes on short tracks that hit almost as hard as nascar. I mean nascar hits higher speeds and weighs more, but on the short tracks many nascar drivers have been killed. where the speeds are lower. I have seen a mod break a highway divider in half one night.
we may not hit as hard all the time as nascar BUT every once in a while a mod or street stock for that matter(many wiegh a bunch and have little to no crush zone built in them) hit hard enough to give a good hans test.

[This message has been edited by zeroracing (edited February 10, 2005).]

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posted February 10, 2005 10:13 PM  
I've seen a couple articles on the comparisons between Nascar hits, and typical short track Saturday nite wall hits, and many times it was shown that our short track hits were sometimes HARDER than a Nascar crash. The impact angle into the wall etc., for us can be more severe. The higher speeds of Nascar can allow the car to follow the wall in a crash, and hit with alot less angle.

Our cars are definitely going fast enough, and hitting hard enough to warrant a HANS Device.

Just something to think about...

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posted February 11, 2005 10:24 AM  
Over the winter, I bought a HANS device. I race mods and have seen a few drivers hurt at our local tracks. The way that i figured was that I would put it on every single time i got in the car, where a Hutchens, I might not put it on to go pack the track, and then it turns into practice, etc. So far, I think i made the right choice and I bought it before NASCAR would not allow the hutchens. Also, the people at HANS are really nice down to earth people.

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posted February 12, 2005 12:10 PM  
Here is a story that will make up your mind. A Late Model driver in California had wrecked and was upside down on fire and he pulled off the wheel and unbuckled his belts and when he unbuckled his belts obviously he fell to the roof. When he fell to the roof one of the hutchins chest straps hooked on the steering shaft and caused him allot of trouble in his exit from a burning car. Nuff said.

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posted February 12, 2005 07:53 PM  
HANS hands down! Worth every penny! The Hutchens is wearing a noose around your body. Remember it only takes a hit at 35pmh to get hurt! 9 out of 10 hits you may walk away , its that one hit could be your last.
What is your life worth to your family? Skimp something minor but buy the best safety equipment possible.

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posted February 13, 2005 06:46 PM  
i have the hutch, hard to put on and when you walk around , the straps slide down your legs

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posted February 14, 2005 06:55 AM  
Guys, the HANS device is far superior to any of the other strap style devices on the market today in reducing neck tension loads. I've read all the SAE technical reports. Save your money and buy a HANS.

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