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Default anyone have any advice on helmets?

I need to get my own helmet for the auto-x I plan on doing in a few weeks... but I only ever borrowed helmets from one of my dad's buddies in the porsche club. That was a few years ago and I don't think any of them are still active so I surely can't count on them being there... plus it's about time I got myself a damn helmet already!

anyway, the regulations state that it needs to be a Snell 95 or greater and an M or SA rating. I have no damn idea what that is. I looked on fleabay and anything listed as an auto racing helmet is too much cash or doesn't list the ratings on the helmet. Can I just use a motorcycle helmet? there are a LOT more listed as motorcycle helmets...

anyone know?
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motorcycle helmets typically arent nomex/fire resistant lined. In a car you need to have nomex or a fire resistant lining material. True car helmets are more expensive because of this.

Other than that I dont really have any good info fo you.
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Check out SoloRacer.com they have a lot of helmets.

The one I have is two years old. This is the updated version: G Force GF750 SA2005 certified and $150.

SA is for automotive applications, has a rollbar impact test, and a flamability test.

M is for motorcycle applictions, has no rollbar impact test, and no flamability test.
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In addition, motorcycle helmets are designed for multiple hits - head bouncing on pavement, while Auto helmets are designed for a single serious hit.
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Here is a little more info on helmets: http://www.motoringunderground.com/f...read.php?t=561
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mines a bell i like it a lot
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great stuff, thanks everyone!
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Get something comfortable.. try it on!!!!


Dont go cheap..

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I have a G-Force SA2000. If I had to buy another helmet, I would buy one with a ventilation port so that I could hook a small electric fan unit up to it to pump air through the helmet, 'cause full-face helmets get kind'a stuffy and fog up my glasses if I close the visor all the way.
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interesting. I was looking at a few g-force helmets. any major advantages to having a full face helmet over an open face one?
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interesting. I was looking at a few g-force helmets. any major advantages to having a full face helmet over an open face one?
thats a long discussion, I think any properly rated helmet with fire protection will serve you well. You dont need to spend a boatload for aprofessional helmet, just make sure what you get fits correctly.

HRC or TRP make a really good helmet at a good price, the trp is made the same place bell helmets are made. I just bught one for my kart, it should be here soon.
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ok good deal. I'd prefer to have an open face but if it doesn't protect well enough I'd get a full face. then again I do realize that I'm going to be in a car, with airbags... so I'm not gonna worry about my face being exposed.

I'm gonna go get me a set of CG locks sometime next week. anyone have any bad experiences? from what I've found it seems they are generally a good idea.
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ok good deal. I'd prefer to have an open face but if it doesn't protect well enough I'd get a full face. then again I do realize that I'm going to be in a car, with airbags... so I'm not gonna worry about my face being exposed.

I'm gonna go get me a set of CG locks sometime next week. anyone have any bad experiences? from what I've found it seems they are generally a good idea.
I havent heard anything bad about the cg lock, but I have never tried them either.

My helmet is full face, I am not much for the open face helmets and open face vs full face doesnt make much difference when talking to the instructot in the car, I had no prob comunicating with the instructor with my full face, but on the other hand the instructor had an open face helmet.
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I'm gonna go get me a set of CG locks sometime next week. anyone have any bad experiences? from what I've found it seems they are generally a good idea.
I had a CG lock. The screws weren't very well matched for the application (think tiny little hex key trying to apply more torque than you really ought to for a bolt that size. As I recall they used either a 2.5mm or 3mm hex, when a 4mm would have been the more appropriate). In my case the screws also siezed to the metal plate they went into because the plate threads weren't very high quality.

The CG lock isn't a bad idea in theory, but just be careful with it.

BTW, there is an ongoing harness group buy on NAM for the MINI specific clip-in harness for $200 (versus the usual $225).

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CG Lock Special Offer (NAM Vendor Announcements) - $37.75

Schroth Quick Fit Harness Group Buy (NAM Vendor Group Buys) - $200 for the harness, $20 for the pads
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