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Old 05-29-2011, 12:53 AM   #21
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+1 I wouldnt around with something that protects my dome.

get a new one.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:18 AM   #22
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Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. My plan now is to buy a new ("spare") helmet and wear that, and then I'm going to give Patrick's advice a try, and send it back to Shoei for inspection. With luck, maybe I can have two good helmets.

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My vote changes to trash it if there is visible damage to the interior. This also might make you consider a mouth guard for trackdays if you haven't already.
I'm definitely in the market for a mouthguard. Anyone have any thoughts on brands?
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:47 PM   #23
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I just got the cheapo boil in water kind from walmart. I did some googling and it seems people think it will help with preventing concussions. It also eases my mind about breaking teeth or biting lips and if I hit my head.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:30 PM   #24
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I'd do as the manual says and send it back.. Because it's the part you can't see that's taking the impact.. Next time, there may be no give and then you might as well have had nothing on. the one impact rule isn't when you drop your helmet, but from when there is weight inside the helmet (like your head). So again, I'd head the warning. You probably spent a lot of money on your shoe and probably might be pissy if it didn't help the second spill. Of course you may be at the pearly gates looking down cursing the helmet out.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:33 AM   #25
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i'd say you got your money's worth out of it already (kept your face from getting ground up). i'd buy another helmet.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:54 PM   #26
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You may be reluctant to replace a helmet that looks almost as good as new, but if you did hit, you don't want to take chances on where you will hit next time. If the foam is cracked under the thin shell, it will be more likely to fly apart in your next crash. Many manufacturers will replace crashed helmets for a nominal fee, and most will also inspect crashed helmets to see if they need replacement. Call them if you are in doubt...

I would be shopping for a new helmet.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:59 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by unswift View Post
I've looked over the interior shell. The styrofoam lining near my forehead is slightly crinkled, but that would not surprise me with the (now I tell you guys),
^^^ this right here means you should trash it. The crinkling indicates the EPS liner was compressed. It is only good for one compression.
I was with you on when it was a glancing blow by the chin, but crinkled EPS near the forehead is a "NO GO".
You should buy a new helmet, what you do is your choice, but you been told.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:52 PM   #28
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Give it to me so I can cut it in half and use as a training aid!

Thats a good plan to get another and send this one to Shoei. I would like to know what they say about the damaged chin bar.

The chin bar is different from the rest of the helmet because your head isnt touching the inner shell. It depends on the outer shell more for protection than the inner shell for the rest of the helmet. It looks like a minor hit but you cant be sure how brittle the shell is now.
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