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Helmet Suggestions..

Ok, I've done a search and seen all of the "how much is your head worth" arguements, but what I'm looking for is a decent SA2000 rated helmet for an event 2 weeks from now.

What places have a good selection/price.. Anyone know of anyplace running end of season sales? good guy/bad guy stuff?

Not really looking to spend more than 2-300, that should be adequate but not fancy...

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http://www.thebellstore.com/Auto/pro.html

i got the M3. A little more than your price tag, just shop around, i found a place that sold me that helmet for $350 including overnight delivery. if i can only remember the shop name. dammit...
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Old 10-20-03, 02:30 PM
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I'm liking the SR Pro...

I dunno that I'll need the full visor running the track days I do, and man does it get hot in TX...

http://www.thebellstore.com/Auto/racer.html

Can use my sunglasses easier anyway..
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I've got the Bell M2, love it.

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how do you guys feel about the hybrid faced helmets vs the full visor helmets? Do you get much ventilation with the M2?

as I said.. It gets frikken hot running events in 100+ summer heat here in TX.
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Always full visor for me, I like my teeth. I had a big old chunk of rubber come through the window and smacked my visor.. Never ran with the visor open again.

Ventilation in the M2 is great for me, I had trouble with my simpson voyager, had to run the visor open or I couldn't breathe. I can run the M2 closed, no issues.

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ok.. that's a good point... with the weird offset I run I do get stuff thrown in my car...

So whats the $50 advantage of the M2 over the G-Force Pro-Force?

http://www.racerwholesale.com/Mercha...Racing+Helmets
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the M2 is the same as the m3 execpt the M3 has a bigger view port. Is the m2 fiberglass? I beleive the M3 is some type of carbonkevlar.
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Originally posted by DoingAnything
the M2 is the same as the m3 execpt the M3 has a bigger view port. Is the m2 fiberglass? I beleive the M3 is some type of carbonkevlar.
for $150 I am wllling to bet there are more differences...

here's a comparision;

http://www.thebellstore.com/Auto/hlmtftrs.html#racer
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Dunno about the comparo between the G-force and the M2, since I had the opportunity to try on the M2, which wasn't the case for the G-force. I liked the M2 fit so much better than the simpson helmets that I bought it.

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Originally posted by Silkworm
Dunno about the comparo between the G-force and the M2, since I had the opportunity to try on the M2, which wasn't the case for the G-force. I liked the M2 fit so much better than the simpson helmets that I bought it.

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I've heard that about simpson... Heard better about g-force and Bell....

I should have paid closer attention to what brands/models I've used before...
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i have a gforce pro force 1, i love it. has the threaded holes for the gforce head restraint system as well.
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I ran a SR-PRO for years and loved it. I finally retired it to a friend that needed a helmet and used the chance to upgrade to a M3. I had some worries about feeling claustrophobic in comparison with the open design of the SR. Yet, once it was on I never noticed.
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Bell Sport III Similar to the M3, but made from fiberglass. Fits your budget.

I got mine HERE
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I'm in the market for one too. Maybe we can do a mini-group buy. j/k

I just can't afford $300 bucks for a helmet. Got to get the Fluidyne/ast first.
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i'm running a bell sport II and love it. make sure it's comfortable. hard to drive and mess with your helmet at the same time. when i autocrossed, i wore a simpson open face that i liked, but am most comfortable in my sport II
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Check with www.mojoracing.com for end of the season prices. I have had the SRPro nad Bieffe F1 and Predator. The Bieffe is a great helmet for the price.

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Originally posted by rx7gslse
I've heard that about simpson... Heard better about g-force and Bell....

I should have paid closer attention to what brands/models I've used before...
So what do you think Eric? Bell M2 Wide eye port, or Sport III, SR PRO. As you say above the SR pro looks good and has a larger opening for shades/glasses. On cold days you could use the visor.

Damm there expensive. I can remember back in the day. It's all about liability insurance and lawsuits. Cost to make helmet $45.00 the rest is the above.

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Originally posted by cpa7man
So what do you think Eric? Bell M2 Wide eye port, or Sport III, SR PRO. As you say above the SR pro looks good and has a larger opening for shades/glasses. On cold days you could use the visor.

Damm there expensive. I can remember back in the day. It's all about liability insurance and lawsuits. Cost to make helmet $45.00 the rest is the above.
Well, I liek the big opening on the [email protected] over the SportIII, and as I said before.. The SR Pro is cool, but I think I'm going to go for the full face.

The wheels I run stick out about an inch from the side of the car and love to throw things in the windows/roof. Just on the off chance something happens, the full face can't be a bad thing. I can always run the visor up if it's too hot...

Basically it's down to the M2 and the Pro-Force 1 for me... 289 vs 249. Opinions?


(side note, no one has much stock on Bieffe Helmets, apparantly they're currently on strike.)
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http://www.discoveryparts.com/
Small outfit run by racers. They've been setting up shop at races and autocrosses. Good guys.

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ok Done... Heard positive comments on both, so I took the extra $50 and got a helmet bag too...

ordered one G-Force Pro Force one and Helmet bag from racer Wholesale..

$282 shipped.

Thanks for the suggestions guys!
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check out my friends at Pyrotect they make the Bell brand helmets and the Pyrotect brand. very competitive prices, great to work with, and they support grassroots racing and racers. I personally have a Bell Vortex forced air model, but several friends are using the Pyrotect helmets and have loved the fit and price.
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i bought a HJC helmet for i think around $150. heard it was decent for the money.
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i bought a HJC helmet for i think around $150. heard it was decent for the money.
make sure this is an SA95 or SA2000 and not an M or DOT(motorcycle) rated helmet. the SA type helmets are the only ones allowed for racing and most open track days.
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