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Old 10-14-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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hit my facemask only... do I need to replace?

I lowsided at the track and ended up scraping my facemask when I went down. It wasn't a hard impact or anything and there isn't a scratch on the actual helmet. That being said, should replace my helmet or should I just go with a new shield?

Is there a way to see if there are any integrity issues with my helmet? I honestly feel safe riding with it again but would like to get some of your opinions.

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Old 10-14-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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I lowsided at the track and ended up scraping my facemask when I went down. It wasn't a hard impact or anything and there isn't a scratch on the actual helmet. That being said, should replace my helmet or should I just go with a new shield?

Is there a way to see if there are any integrity issues with my helmet? I honestly feel safe riding with it again but would like to get some of your opinions.

Thanks.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #3
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The reason a helmet should be replaced after an impact is that beneath the soft padding you see inside there is a layer of styrofoam painted black.
Once it has been compressed by your head during an impact, that spot will not rebound. Styrofoam only flexes, the way it's required, once.
Since it's possible you could wreck again and hit the same spot, the recommendation is you replace your helmet. just to be safe (and to make the mfr and dealers $)
If you drop your helmet on the ground without your head in it then the styrofoam doesn't get compressed and as long as the outer shell is undamaged, no need to replace.
In your case, you have examined the outer shell and have determined it is undamaged, now remove the inner padding and look at the foam. If the black paint is noticeably cracked it means the foam was compressed, if not then it wasn't.
If the foam wasn't compressed no need to replace. If it was, it's your call.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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What to do if you damage your helmet



Replacing Your Helmet Replace your helmet if it was involved in a crash; it probably absorbed some impact shock. Some helmet manufacturers will inspect and, when possible, repair a damaged helmet. If you drop your helmet and think it might be damaged, take advantage of this service.
Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every few years. If you notice any signs of damage before then, replace it sooner.
Why replace your helmet every few years if it doesn't appear damaged? Its protective qualities may deteriorate with time and wear. The chin strap may fray or loosen at its attaching points; the shell could be chipped or damaged. The best reason is that helmets keep improving. Chances are that the helmet you buy in a couple of years will be better stronger, lighter, and more comfortable than the one you own now. It might even cost less!
Can't remember when you bought your present helmet? Check the chin strap or permanent labeling. New helmets must have the month and date of production stamped on it. If there's no date at all, you should definitely replace your helmet now!
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Replacing Your Helmet Replace your helmet if it was involved in a crash; it probably

You might also find this helpful. From www.msf-usa.org/downloads/helmet_CSi
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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If all you did was scratch the visor, I would think its fine.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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I just put some new "high impact" stickers on mine to cover the damaged area from my last crash at the track. It is just some slide scratches and I still use the helmet. This is a personal call. If it is just the shield I see no point is replacing it.
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