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Will my melon hate me?

I have a problem with the size of my head and as much I try I can't make it shrink or expand.

I have tried on many diffrent brands and I find that have the same problem of being between a large and a extra large.

My question to you is I am contemplating shaving a quarter inch off of the forhead foam in my large helmet.

How much affect do you think this will have on my helmet doing it's job.

Or do I take my chances with an xl and worry about it slipping or shifting in a wreck.

All advise is appreciated, Thanks

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post #2 of 24 Old 03-10-2009, 11:07 AM
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i would keep hunting for a different company....the last few years have brought MANY new players to the helmet game, there should be something somewhere for you! I would try my hardest to avoid modifying your brain bucket; there is a lot of engineering that goes into them!

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Many helmets use the same outter shell with different thickness of cheek an dhead foam (NOT the protective EPS foam). For example in my helmet the lrg and med are teh same shell but the cheeck pads are thicker in the medium. You might want to explore putting XXL thicker fitting foam in your LRG. Try contacting your manufacturer sometimes they can help. I'm sure you'rentteh first person they have dealt with, with this issue..... just my 2cents

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Arai has padding inserts of different thicknesses that you can use to fit a helmet better. Arai helmets are typically expensive, though I have found they are also a good value. They are very well made and have very nice features.

If you are talking about removing some of the hard foam (usually polystyrene), then I strongly recommend you DO NOT do that as it will compromise the integrity of the helmet and reduce the protection it gives.

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If you dont have a shop that carries a lot of helmets near you try contacting Helmetharbor.com, they can hook up with a helmet that has various sizes of available pads etc for tailoring the fit. I have bought a lid from them and was happy with the service. I know Shoei has some different sizes of pads you can get to tailor fit or Maybe look into the Scorpion EXO 1000 with the pump up fit adjustment??

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buy the larger size and change the pads inside to custom fit it....



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DO NOT ALTER THE SHELL OR FOAM IN YOUR HELEMT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If one size made by one company doesnt fit you right, try something else !

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Shaving just .25 of an inch of the inside EPS with sand paper will compromise the structural integrity of the helmet?

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Shaving just .25 of an inch of the inside EPS with sand paper will compromise the structural integrity of the helmet?
YES.

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I understand that hours and hours of testing and analysis go into the production of each helmet, but consider that many helmets only have 2 "shell" sizes. This means that the EPS sizes within those shells vary in thickness. Couldn't you argue that each EPS will react differently based on the size of the helmet then? I can understand why it would be wisest to just say, "Never mess with your helmet." But there was a time when doctors said, "Never touch the heart". Now we do open-heart surgery. These are different subjects, I know, but I'm just wondering if a small shave wouldn't really mess with anything.

Maybe I'll shave some off and go wreck. I'll let you know how it goes...

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Maybe I'll shave some off and go wreck. I'll let you know how it goes...
i guess you call that "being willing to take one for the team"







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I understand that hours and hours of testing and analysis go into the production of each helmet, but consider that many helmets only have 2 "shell" sizes. This means that the EPS sizes within those shells vary in thickness. Couldn't you argue that each EPS will react differently based on the size of the helmet then? I can understand why it would be wisest to just say, "Never mess with your helmet." But there was a time when doctors said, "Never touch the heart". Now we do open-heart surgery. These are different subjects, I know, but I'm just wondering if a small shave wouldn't really mess with anything.

Maybe I'll shave some off and go wreck. I'll let you know how it goes...
You would just be creating a stress point, but if you want to be able to control which part of your head gets damaged ,make the stress point that way you will know where your helmet is going to break.

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Grow your hair out an extra half an inch!

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or the ole "bubble wrap and duct tape" method...


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My EXO-1000 was to small when I got it for Christmas so I shaved off 6 inches of hair and wouldnt ya know it fits like a glove.

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My EXO-1000 was to small when I got it for Christmas so I shaved off 6 inches of hair and wouldnt ya know it fits like a glove.
silly......... gloves go on your hands....



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DO NOT ALTER THE SHELL OR FOAM IN YOUR HELEMT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The outer and inner shells of a helmet serve different purposes. The inner shell/foam serves the purpose of reducing the force of the impact by lengthening the time of the impact so to speak. Shaving any of the inner foam off will compromise that section of the helmet. A bruised brain is not a good one. Find the helmet guru wherever you are shopping. Hell should be able to find you the correct inner pads that you need to make the helmet fit properly. If they can't help try contacting the helmet dealers directly. Good luck. Remember never drill or shave the outer and inner shells.

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Thanks for everyone's advice, I am going to a witch doctor today to have my head shrunk.

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Confession: I couldn't do it... too scared.
I feel as if you have made a wise decision.

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search through the brands and then change pads.

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good find worm.... nice to see you arkansas boys finally learning proper computer usage....

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good find worm.... nice to see you arkansas boys finally learning proper computer usage....

amazing the advances in the 3 months ya'll have had electricity....


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