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Old 09-22-2009, 11:47 AM   #11
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I just turn the helmet upside down in the sink and fill it with soapy water, scrub it around as best I can, rinse it thoroughly and let it dry. Doesn't seem to hurt them. I have my flip front I use in the winter and I bought a 3/4 Shoei for warm weather so they don't get pitted out as much now. An old time trick was to wad up a bunch of newspaper in the helmet if you're going to let it sit for awhile, supposed to absorb the odure`.

I replaced my RF900 because it kept snagging on my earings, I had it for about ten years. I'll keep these two I have now till something better comes along, I tend to use my stuff till it's totally buggered....I have a frugal nature I guess.. Old helmets find a place on the shelves in my garage along with the rest of my worn out riding gear.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:01 AM   #12
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I replace my dirt helmet once a year (I crash a lot), street helmets when I see a flashy new paintjob I can't resist (Have you seen the new Icons?!!).

To clean, I just spray with Castrol degreaser cut 1:3 and hose out. It takes a couple of days to dry out, but it's worth it.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:15 AM   #13
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If washing the liner isn't working try using Arm & Hammer carpet fresh on it. I will do that once every 6 wks or so. Pull the pads out and sprinkle away. Let sit for about an hour and vacuum up the left overs.
As for replacement: Many major manufacturers say replace the lid every 5 yrs. They say the foam breaks down from sweat. I don't know who "they" are, but "they" must be knowledgable on such subjects.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:48 AM   #14
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If washing the liner isn't working try using Arm & Hammer carpet fresh on it. I will do that once every 6 wks or so. Pull the pads out and sprinkle away. Let sit for about an hour and vacuum up the left overs.
So you're riding around with carpet cleaning chemicals soaking into your skull? That explains so much...
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:50 AM   #15
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So you're riding around with carpet cleaning chemicals soaking into your skull? That explains so much...
It's not the sweat that breaks down the lining. It's the Scotchguard.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:25 PM   #16
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I've had really good luck wit da funk by washing the liner with baby shampoo. I then take a bit of Dawn and a soft brush and wash out the hat.

Rinse the liner thoroughly. Twice.

Then set the hat somewhere where you can direct a fan at the opening and dry it out.

AFA the 5 year thing, ARAI warranties their hats for 5 years. So, how long do you think the hat really lasts.

My Signet is 7 years old, and is starting to show (and feel) its age. I got a swinging deal on a once-worn Profile, which is in a closet in the house. I'm saving it for whenever the Signet indicates it is 'done'.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:54 AM   #17
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I wore my flip front today for the first time in months. I've been wearing my 3/4 Shoei lid all summer. Needless to say the old flipper was beyond ripe.....I kept meaning to wash it out but of course procrastined my summer away as usual.

I washed it out with dishsoap and warm water in the sink, now I have it balanced over a blank flange on a 125 psi steam line..........hopefully it'll be dry and smelling a whole lot better by the time I get off...
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