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I have an Arai Quantum /e that I bought in 97. I like the helmet, still fits well and excepts for marks from flying rocks there is nothing wrong with it.

I remember someone telling me that helmets should be replaced every 5 years whether they need to be or not.

Is this correct ?

How many of you replace your helmets regularly ?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Re: Helmet question. (ANGUS)

I think it has something to do with UV breakdown of the outer shell. Or maybe it's just an excuse somebody wrote down so that they could justify another $450 for a lid to the wife. Who knows.
 
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Re: Helmet question. (ANGUS)

I tend to agree with Rooster. As long as you’ve taken good care of it, those materials will last for a long, long time. If it still fits tight, that would lead me to believe that the soft protective foam inside has not been compressed.

A new Arai is a hell of a lot more than $450.00 now. But they are worth every bit of the cost.

My Arai smokes my old Suomy.
 
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Re: Helmet question. (Mental998)

hey i agree with the rest,i have over 80 helmets in my collection all are in quality helmet bags and in a dry place. i have all the high end helmets,arai,suomy,shoei,
agv,vemar,ogk,fm,ect and some are 8 or 10 years old and they still look brand new inside and out no signs of (getting old)
ray
 
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Re: Helmet question. (ANGUS)

I don't think the outher shell will ever go bad, but the internals will. Foam degrades and eventually offers little protection, also the chin belt can also get worn and break. I always inspect my helmets when I take them appart for washing the internals, and make sure the belt is in good shape and anchored well to the shell.
Of course, cheap helmets won't last long, but a good helmet can last for many many years if it's taken care of.
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Re: Helmet question. (johnnymotocros)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by johnnymotocros »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't think the outher shell will ever go bad, but the internals will. Foam degrades and eventually offers little protection, also the chin belt can also get worn and break. I always inspect my helmets when I take them appart for washing the internals, and make sure the belt is in good shape and anchored well to the shell.
Of course, cheap helmets won't last long, but a good helmet can last for many many years if it's taken care of.
JT</TD></TR></TABLE>

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Re: Helmet question. (ANGUS)

I replace mine every 5 years. Reg Pridmore passed around a 5 year old helmet that was band-sawed in half, and the internal foam liner was visibly deteriorated. Ozone, but especially gasoline fumes melts the styrofoam over time. That's why I suggested to the
guy a while back that fills his tank without removing his helmet, this may not be the best of ideas. Then again, do what you want. What do I know.
 
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Thanks for the help.....I will take a closer look at the internals.....
 
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There are some race and track day organizations which require that the manufactured date be less than 5 years prior to the date of the event, regardless of the condition of the helmet. Check the manufactured date for an Arai on the strap with the D-ring - should be a MM/YY stamp there.
 
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Helmets, if used regularly, should be replaced every 5-7 yrs.
Although the outside may appear FOTB (Fresh out the box) pristine, UV, Ozone, and Gasoline fumes have been slowly breaking down and compromising the effectiveness of the compression foam liner. You know, the white stuff that protects that pink stuff inside your head in an accident.

For an acclerated example of what's happening, take a styrofoam cup and poor a little gas on it....
 
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Yeah, Heist, we agree. Except for the 'pink' part. Brain tissue is actually more a light grey.
 
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Re: Helmet question. (Mental998)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Mental998 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I tend to agree with Rooster. As long as you’ve taken good care of it, those materials will last for a long, long time. If it still fits tight, that would lead me to believe that the soft protective foam inside has not been compressed.

A new Arai is a hell of a lot more than $450.00 now. But they are worth every bit of the cost.

My Arai smokes my old Suomy. </TD></TR></TABLE>


$499 at cyclegear for rx7
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Re: Helmet question. (ANGUS)

I think there is a shark here from the helmet industry pushing product.


It worked, I looked at the strap of my '5 year old' arai to read a date of 01/95


So I called BCM whos closing out there Arai's and now I have a New rx7 coming in 3-5 days. $300.00.

Good topic thanks for all the good info
 
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