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Author Topic: Relining old helmets...  (Read 20246 times)

Offline Rocan

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Relining old helmets...
« on: Apr 03, 2010, 02:44:11 »
Can it be done? id love to rock a vintage helmet, but cant bring myself to do it with old foam in there...

ive smacked my head around enough to take helmets seriously. would be awesome to have an old shell with new foam and padding.
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Offline phrige

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #1 on: Apr 04, 2010, 15:30:43 »
Hey,

 Yea its possible. There are a few threads on here talking about that kind of thing.

http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=8024.0

Twisted Wheels did an awsome restore on an old helmut,
http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=9315.0
though im not sure what the padding was like.

I'm sure there are others around too,
    Good luck on yours, its hard to beat some of the great styles on old lids. Though new Bells Custom 500's are pretty enticing.
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Offline Rocan

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #2 on: Apr 05, 2010, 00:55:26 »
i saw that first post before... what im talking about is full on new foam. old foam loses its impact resistance.


feel me?  ;)

i like those custom 500's also..  :D
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Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #3 on: Apr 05, 2010, 01:10:10 »
Anything could be done if ya wanna pay the money... I cant remember where but there are a few companys that do it. Ill see if i still have the info. For what youll end up paying though, just buy one of the new Bells. Just sayin.
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Offline DrJ

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #4 on: Apr 05, 2010, 12:59:53 »
Although there are places that now replace the soft foam rubber and fabric lining, I've never heard of anyone replacing the impact styrofoam.

Offline Rocan

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #5 on: Apr 05, 2010, 19:33:07 »
Anything could be done if ya wanna pay the money... I cant remember where but there are a few companys that do it. Ill see if i still have the info. For what youll end up paying though, just buy one of the new Bells. Just sayin.

im curious what the price is... one of the first generation simpson bandits would be sick to have with new foam...
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Offline greasy

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #6 on: Apr 12, 2010, 13:57:14 »
I used to do this until I realized how dangerous it is. I still find old helmets and paint them for fun. but would not wear them for anything. I have a friend who died trying to 'look cool'. it's just not worth it. Bell makes some cool 'vintage looking' 3/4 helmets.

I recommend wearing a full face helmet anytime you get on the freeway. and a modern 3/4 is cool for gettin groceries. puddin basins are pointless and look stupid, IMHO. that being said my buddy wears one. I wish he wouldn't. cuz I'm not gonna hang out with him if he's a drooling mess.

but the impact foam degrades, breaks down with time and becomes useless. leaving you unprotected. and do you trust yourself to replace it and create decent head protection. you can't just throw packing peanuts in there. it's what keeps you from being DEAD or RETARDED.

don't do it. stay alive.

Offline Rocan

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #7 on: Apr 12, 2010, 23:23:46 »
I used to do this until I realized how dangerous it is. I still find old helmets and paint them for fun. but would not wear them for anything. I have a friend who died trying to 'look cool'. it's just not worth it. Bell makes some cool 'vintage looking' 3/4 helmets.

I recommend wearing a full face helmet anytime you get on the freeway. and a modern 3/4 is cool for gettin groceries. puddin basins are pointless and look stupid, IMHO. that being said my buddy wears one. I wish he wouldn't. cuz I'm not gonna hang out with him if he's a drooling mess.

but the impact foam degrades, breaks down with time and becomes useless. leaving you unprotected. and do you trust yourself to replace it and create decent head protection. you can't just throw packing peanuts in there. it's what keeps you from being DEAD or RETARDED.

don't do it. stay alive.

the whole point of gettting new impact foam is to have the safest vintage possible. i wouldnt ride a vintage 3/4, or a modern 3/4 if i had the choice

i wouldnt ride a full faced vintage with old foam either.

whatever it is; i want the internals to be the best i can get. feel me?
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Offline greasy

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #8 on: Apr 13, 2010, 20:19:23 »
I didn't know you could replace impact foam. it definitely degrades w/ time. I thought you meant the liner.

still, why not just hang the vintage helmets in the garage and wear a safe helmet on your noggin. if you have the $ to get someone to replace the impact foam you could buy a pretty decent helmet.

not tryin to tell ya what to do. I just think not being retarded or dead is very important. and lookin 'cool' is not as important.

I tell everyone this. I'm sure it's annoying. but maybe if someone had annoyed my buddy enough he wouldn't be dead.

Offline DrJ

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Re: Relining old helmets...
« Reply #9 on: Apr 13, 2010, 22:19:07 »
This helmet debate is tired and overplayed. Wear whatever level of risk you're comfortable with and don't impose your beliefs upon others. If I wanted to be completely safe from motorcycle related injuries, I wouldn't ride a motorcycle.