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Helmet talk. When to replace.

What is the impact at which you need to replace your helmet? I took a small spill earlier in the year. The helmet has a small mark on it. I did not hit hard. Like the helmet and don't want to replace it unless I must/have to. Yes I know it is protecting my head, but being an F4 rider I am sure Randy will have something to say. I have heard of a drop from 3 ft=replace. Mine was more of a slide and not drop. What do you think?
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How old is it? I would guess if it is more than a few years old it should be replaced just do to degradation of the foam. If you've given it a good knock all the more reason.
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I buy new helmets every three years, and I check the mfr date when buying. Dropping a helmet is not nearly as bad for the protection ability of the helmet as falling down with one on.....that your head has impacted the inside of a helmet constitutes destructive testing of its impact resistance, IMO. If you drop a helmet and it damages the external shell, it should be retired, though.

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If it has hit the ground with your head in it it is best to replace. Impact absorption is done with polystyrene which deforms to protect your noodle. It is a one time use thing and there isn't a cheap way to see if it has been damaged unless you have access to xray. You could be find in an accident or you may hit hard in the same spot. Is it really worth it?
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If it has hit the ground with your head in it it is best to replace.
That's the answer. Period.

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Also keep in mind that helmets should be replaced at least every 5 years (max) from the first time you used it, or max of 7 years after it was made. The eps foam hardens over time, even by just sitting in your closet, and is unable to absorb impact like it would if it were new.

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but being an F4 rider I am sure Randy will have something to say.
Why, yes I do...........

Not to worry Randrew, no need to replace your helmet. The typical F4 rider doesn't use his head anyway, so no need to be concerned with protecting it.......

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You are correct Randy, we dont use out heads the same way Brutie riders do

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You are correct Randy, we dont use out heads the same way Brutie riders do
Is that because you can't get the little head to perform, eh Joe?

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Just like my old grandmother used to say: "A stitch in time saves nine, you ^&*ing muppet".
Bless her.
I'd replace it.
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