Helmet

Discussion in 'Drag Racing' started by the5.ohh, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. the5.ohh

    the5.ohh Legend

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    Parents finally gave me the green light to track my car. What's a good website to get a helmet from? And what's a good brand, links would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. KillNThrill24

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    You can find a helmet in any price range on Summit. Hell my buddy Kyle got a black Simpson (Stig style) for $200 on their scratch and dent, regular price $400. I was looking at getting an HJC myself. A lot of them are under $200. Hardest part is figuring out what size you need. Fortunately I tried on Kyle's helmet which is an XL and it fit perfect. I guess we're fatheads
     
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    Look up your track regulations before buying one. Lots of the time they'll even recommend a local store.
     
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    Thanks joey. I think I'll probably need an XL too haha.
     
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    I've never used a helmet for passes at the strip. I have more than my share for offroad. Look at HJC they are excellent quality and affordable and DOT and snell certified. They make all different types.
     
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    Yeah a helmet isn't needed unless you're going to be going a whole lot faster, at least down here in NC.
     
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    All the tracks in my area require helmets no matter how fast the car is
     
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    It's 13.99 or faster at our local track
     
  10. mcglsr2

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    I have a flat black Bell M4 (I love it) from Speedway Motors for about $400, and the fiance has a rubbertone black HJC AR10 II (she loves it) from soloracer.com for about $310. Both helmets are Snell SA2010.

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    My only advice is make sure you get a proper helmet for the type of tracking you want to do, don't get a motorcycle helmet (it's illegal for a lot of car racing clubs/bodies). Also, look for a good deal, but don't cheap out. Your head is literally irreplaceable. And of course never buy a used helmet (if the helmet has been in a crash, it's supposed to be tossed - you won't know with a used one). Scratch and dent may be okay, but again, is it used or not? So just be careful. Don't be afraid to spend a little extra. You should never, ever skimp on safety gear. Find someplace else to skimp.

    Edit: Oh, I forgot, go for a Snell SA2010 helmet. They are a little more pricey, but they expire 2022 (unless they look damaged), so you'll get a lot more use out of it before a race body/club won't let you use it. And you want SA rated, *not* M. M is not rated for fire, where SA is. Lastly, I use my helmets for road racing. I can't imagine drag racing would be that much different? But they might have different rules regarding things like open vs closed face, etc.
     
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    My buddy dropped his bike, sold it and had his old helmet laying around. He gave it to me, and the scaa race I participated in last year approved of a motorcycle helmet. They can be had at a good price for sure... It's the one in my avatar that I use while riding my pocket rocket lol
     
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    Thanks for the input! Last thing I'd skimp on is safety, I'll spend around $350 tops if need be. I already broke my neck in a car accident like 3 years ago, so believe me I know how important my safety is lol. I would get a helmet specifically for drag and road racing, no way I'd get a bike helmet or anything else but the required helmet. Not buying used either. Ty!
     
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    Sure thing mang :)
     
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    I super duper highly to the max *don't* recommend motorcycle helmets for racing. The two biggest reasons are:
    1. Motorcycle helmets are rated M, whereas car racing helmets are rated SA. I mentioned this in my previous post, but that essentially means that SA helmets have a fire retardant lining, whereas M rated ones do not - which makes sense, how likely are you going to be stuck in a fire on a motorcycle? Hardly ever, you will be thrown from it before you are on fire inside it.
    2. Car racing (SA) helmets go through an extra impact safety test that simulates contact with a roll cage. Motorcycle helmets do not. Again, pretty obvious, no cages on a motorcycle.

    If you are racing a car, use a car racing helmet (SA). Not a motorcycle helmet. Not as safe. I'm really surprised SCAA let you run with a motorcycle helmet, I'm pretty sure NASA won't. Was it an Auto-X with SCCA? They might have let it go because max speeds on an Auto-X are like 30 mph or so, so I can see a motorcycle helmet being sufficient. From an actual road race, though, not so much. If they let you run on a full track with a motorcycle helmet, that's somewhat scary. I recommend you get an SA rated helmet. If the SA2010 helmets are too expensive (you should be able to find a good brand for a reasonable price), then you can look for a SA2005 one. It will expire in a couple years, but it will certainly be cheaper. Although, there were some safety advanced applied to the SA2010 helmets - I'd still stick with SA2010.
     
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    I would do a closed face SA rated as well. Most DE and Drag allow M rated helmets for the enrtry level, but the ratings go up with the level of racing and speeds.

    www.saferacer.com has some great deals.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I honestly didn't even know this. They gave me no grief about it, probably because it was an auto x event. That being said if I ever wanted to do anything else I'd be SOL when I arrived with a bike helmet.
     
  17. Addermk2

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    I personally prefer an open face helmet.

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    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/gfr-3021xlgwh/overview/

    Thats the helmet that I use, except mine is the M2005 cert.


    NHRA has updated their helmet rules. these are the 2014-2015 rule amendments.

     
  18. Caboose302

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    I'm with Adder. I like an open face mainly because they're usually cheaper and you have better vision to see the tree. When I started out I used a motorcycle helmet, but I eventually got smart and went the safer route with an open faced SA helmet.
     
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    Also, since 2015 is a certification year, the M or SA2010 will be on sale. However, I don't know when the 2015 stuff will be out. If it's mid-year, or end of the year.
     
  20. Addermk2

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    but SN2010 are good until 2022... so it doesnt much matter. Ill probably buy a 2015 when they are released.