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Old 02-16-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a place to buy a helmet in tri-state

So, I am hoping to hit a couple of auto-x and track days this summer. I'd rather not rent and put my sweaty head in someone elses sweaty helmet.

Can anyone recommend a good shop to try on/test fit a helmet in the NNJ/SNY area?

Helmet has to be snell 2000+ rated I believe. Also, recommendations on brands to look for/avoid would be helpful.

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Oh, not knowing what to look for, I found this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SNELL...Q5fMerchandise
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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That's an "M" rated helmet. For track events you want an "SA" rated one. Some organizations won't accept an M rated helmet for automotive events.
And, you should buy it in person to be sure it's sized properly. A poorly fitted helmet can at best be uncomfortable and at worst fail to protect you in an accident.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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depending what track you go to they sell them, i know englishtown has a store and prices are not too bad
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:46 PM   #5
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:47 PM   #6
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Driving Impressions if you want local. Definitely get an SA 2005 if you can, it will last you longer than an SA2000 helmet.

For online, I usually shop at Saferacer.com

-mike

PS: I may have a nearly new one you can try on at the shop when you come down.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.

Mulder, that's why I am asking, I really have no idea what to look for. Thanks

I'll check out DI tomorrow from work. They are only about 1.5 hours away, may be visiting NNJ anyway.

Hoping to do my first track event and won't be near e-town before the auto-x on March 29.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:53 PM   #8
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Which event you doing? If it's a NASA event, let me know and I'll instruct yah!

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Old 02-16-2009, 06:05 PM   #9
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Mike,
Thanks for the offer. I think I'll probably be an xl as I have a fat head.

Hoping to do my first auto-x out on long island (tobay beach) in march. Trying to find some good (and "relatively" cheap) track days too. Never done it before, but always wanted to. Figured I'd hold off on track days until I get the coilovers on, prob ably late april/may. Also need it a little warmer for the r-comps.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #10
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Mike,
Thanks for the offer. I think I'll probably be an xl as I have a fat head.

Hoping to do my first auto-x out on long island (tobay beach) in march. Trying to find some good (and "relatively" cheap) track days too. Never done it before, but always wanted to. Figured I'd hold off on track days until I get the coilovers on, prob ably late april/may. Also need it a little warmer for the r-comps.
You actually would want to start doing track days without R-compounds, and without the coilovers. The more "stuff" you have on your car when you start, the less you are able to learn from feedback and wiggle room of a softer suspension and less grippy tires. Over the years I've found that the best drivers have started with low powered, low gripping, lots of body rolling cars. This forces you to be smooth through the turns and carry speed with you through the turns. Later on when you add grip, less body roll and more power, you do even better.



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Old 02-16-2009, 09:18 PM   #11
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a good stop. bruce, you have to find one that fits ya noggin. I don't know if Victor will selling stuff at Tobay next month. Brian(JnJ) may be going to Tobay. PM him and find out, he may be able to bring an extra helmet or 2 for u to try.
also ask on the the NYR-SCCA yahoo group. many members are in O&R and westchester and may know someplace closer.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:27 PM   #12
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well i'd try marones in newburgh and ask them.... motorcycle helmets are different i know that much...

size wise yeah make sure it fits... everybrand is different. And fyi the pads do break in if its snug. And you can change the pad in most helmets too..

and shoot for shoei... they're the best in the biz...

http://www.shoei-helmets.com/Helmet....titec&h=13&t=1

thats approved for everything except sa..

your gonna pay alot for a helmet... and do not get a open face worst helmets ever.

i personally like this one... it's the stig sir!

http://www.sstmotorsports.com/Impact...ash-rchamp.htm

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Old 02-17-2009, 06:40 PM   #13
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:03 PM   #14
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^ ^ ^

This is M2005. He needs SA2005.
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:25 PM   #15
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Yes you DO NOT WANT ANYTHING M RATED! SA ONLY.

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Old 02-17-2009, 11:51 PM   #16
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i get my gear oil from them all the time..thought maybe they can help ya too.. this is just an example what they have..

http://store.cdoc.com/detail.asp?id=...9731&name=Bell

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Old 02-18-2009, 04:18 PM   #17
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I have yet to be turned away from a track with my Snell M2005 helmet.

IIRC the only difference is the nomex lining.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #18
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I have yet to be turned away from a track with my Snell M2005 helmet.

IIRC the only difference is the nomex lining.
Which "track"?

Sell M rating is rated for a single hit, the SA rating not only adds the fire protection but also protects from multiple hits like you might have in a car IIRC.

I know that NASA/PDA both require SA rated helmets.

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Old 02-18-2009, 08:45 PM   #19
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I haven't been turned away for wearing an M2000 rated helmet either, but it's time for a new one and I will be getting an SA2005 for this year.

There are differences in testing, here is the info straight from Snell:
http://www.smf.org/faqs.html#7

Definitely try them on before you buy. I discovered I had an Arai shaped head.
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Are you guys talking about drag strips or actual road racing tracks?

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Old 02-19-2009, 03:17 AM   #21
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That's an "M" rated helmet. For track events you want an "SA" rated one. Some organizations won't accept an M rated helmet for automotive events.
And, you should buy it in person to be sure it's sized properly. A poorly fitted helmet can at best be uncomfortable and at worst fail to protect you in an accident.
Yea you need Snell 2000 or better.


Mulder dude can you help me out with a issue i'm having from a guy from Texas. his username is Texy32. I bought a set of heads from him and he said they where off a running car and they aren't even as listed and he also sold me used ARP head studs that should have been new.

Or maybe you Paison
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+1 for TeamDI.com
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