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Old 05-11-2000, 06:05 PM   #1
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Question What's a good inexpensive helmet for autocross

I'm going autocrossing and need a good, no frills helmet. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-11-2000, 06:06 PM   #2
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I ordered from www.helmetcity.com on Monday night, got my Simpson LX7 today. $180 with free shipping, came with 2 stickers & a helmet bag. Nice & light!

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Old 05-11-2000, 06:10 PM   #3
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Got my full face Bieffe(sp) helmet from a local motorcycle shop for $89.00!
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Old 05-11-2000, 06:54 PM   #4
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I got my Bell II at a local motorcycle shop for $55.00. You don't need to spend 2 and 3 hundred dollars on a helmet for auto-x. Check your yellow pages for motorcycle shops in your area.
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Old 05-11-2000, 08:33 PM   #5
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What is the requirement for autocross? Standards?
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Old 05-11-2000, 08:37 PM   #6
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I got a HJC Kevlar/FG3 helmet. They have inexpensive fiberglass helmets around $75.
Simpsons are nice but over priced.
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Old 05-11-2000, 09:16 PM   #7
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Are there any helmets that arent so thick? I am pretty tall and if I wear a helmet I have to lean the seat back and tilt my head to the side to fit up in the sunroof. Its not a very good driving position.
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Old 05-12-2000, 06:55 AM   #8
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Bell Mag5 is about the slimmest I've seen, from an external dimensions standpoint.

It's pretty pricey though, for an open-face helmet.
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Old 05-12-2000, 07:02 AM   #9
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I have the Bell Mag5 and it's quite pricey... er... but...
"a proper rally helmet"

there are others which can be found for much less....
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Old 05-12-2000, 07:10 AM   #10
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I'd have to agree with Dan00RS. Go cheap. If you're only using it for autox get the cheapest, open face Snell 95 helmet you can get your head into. Snell 90 is legal this year but won't be next year (or was it Snell 85 I can't remember).

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Old 05-12-2000, 07:20 AM   #11
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Another option which may allow you to get a higher quality (usually lighter) helmet is to pick up a paper or another publication selling used cars, trucks, motorcycles, appliances, etc., - i.e. a For Sale Rag.

If you do opt for a used helmet, check the helmet over carefully. Look at the condition of the padding, the finish on the exterior of the helmet, etc. Remember, with most modern helmets (motorcycle) one drop and they are done.

However, I've been able to purchase helmets which retail in the $500 range for $75. If you have any doubts about the helmet, some of the manufacturers will examine them for free and replace them for a nominal fee if they have been damaged in an impact.

The above is dealing with motorcycles helmets, which are acceptable in autocrossing. Motorcycle helmets lack the fire protection of car roadracing helmets. There are other differences, but I don't recall them at the moment.

YMMV,

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Old 05-12-2000, 07:48 AM   #12
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hey Fred!
I got mine (cheapo open face) from racerwholesale. 80-90 bucks, shipping was fast. Its a bit tight to the headliner, though, I'm too tall..
So you want to challenge me, eh?
Eat my dust!!! =^)
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Old 05-12-2000, 08:29 AM   #13
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ColinL, I noticed the Mag is slimmer on top than my Simpson, but all the Snell 95 helmets had to get thicker on top to meet the standard requirements.
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Old 05-12-2000, 08:37 AM   #14
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oh man, somebody around here (SE MI)needs to give marius a run for is money in autcross - he's getting pretty cocky! And now he has those fancy Kumhos!

I wonder if I'm in the same class as him still????

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Old 05-12-2000, 08:56 AM   #15
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Hey Ryan, see me shakin'? LOL.
Hey, I had a lucky run, that's all. Last weekend I sucked, back to reality, haha.
The course at Lawrence Tech is nice and long, so we'll see, who is fastest. Don't underestimate JPMoney, that kid is fast!
The gaunlet hath thrown!!
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Old 05-12-2000, 09:21 AM   #16
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will I be able to race in the same class as you guys, or will I be thrown in with some other wankers?

FC
-all car, no engine.

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Old 05-12-2000, 10:10 AM   #17
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My take on Helmets..

You got a $50 head.... Buy a $50 Helmet..

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Old 05-12-2000, 01:14 PM   #18
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Hey Fred1
STS it is, anything is better than CSP or ESP!
And GS is dominated by that pesky Type-R Integra. But in STS Impreza's rule!
See you then!
BTW, the cat doesn't feel as powerful as it sounds, same with yours?
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Old 05-12-2000, 02:30 PM   #19
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Frank,
Yes my exhaust is definitely more for sound than power. I estimate very little power gain especially since mine only has 2" piping. It sure does sound cool though! You gotta love that growl.

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Old 05-12-2000, 07:23 PM   #20
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Bit of advice - don't buy a helmet online till you've tried the fit at the local store first.

Two different brand helmets of the same size will fit drastically different. I know from experience. I wish I had never sold my Shoei RF700 "Nobby Ueda" model.

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Old 05-13-2000, 12:12 AM   #21
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I only know motorcycle helmets, but thought I'd share some opinions. Here are the major brands, approximately ranked from cheapest to most expensive. (Obviously the brands have different models, of various quality and feature levels)


Vega
THH
HJC
KBC (what I wear. It was the only one that fit!)
Bieffe
BELL
Nolan (what my friend, an MSF instructor, wears)
AGV
Shoei (what my wife wears)
Arai

Places to get these (in addition to the links already given): www.helmetshop.com www.accwhse.com www.competitionaccessories.com www.denniskirk.com (a little pricy) www.motorcycle-superstore.com

I'll also suggest that you first try on as many models (in your price range) as possible. You'll be surprised as how different the fit is. After you've determined the most comfortable one, either buy the one you tried on, or order one online.

For inside the car, any of the brands I mentioned above should be fine (provided you make sure they have the necessary SNELL ratings. Some cycle helmets are DOT only).

The $50 helmet quote is certainly true for cyclists, but I think is less relevant inside the subaru. I have trouble picturing a scenario where an expensive vs cheap helmet would make a difference in an autocross incident, other than comfort... Again, these are just my opinions.

Hope this helps...
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Old 05-13-2000, 12:14 AM   #22
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Hey Frank,
I'm planning on going to the autocross at Lawrence on memorial day weekend. This will be my first one so don't laugh too hard when I take out those cones! By the way, will I be in STS with an 18mm sway bay?

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