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post #1 of 7 Old 08-06-2014, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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SENA SMH-5FM / SHM10 Speakers into Shoei Hornet DS

Hello All,
Having seen the question a few time and dealing with it myself, i took on the modification of my helmet to allow for Sena Comm speakers.

My Shoei Qwest has pockets in it for speakers and its perfect.
My Shoei Hornet has no pockets and i could not put speakers in it without ripping my ears off when putting the lid on and taking it off.

So I did a modification. I was a little leery about cutting into the helmet with a Dremel but i got over and just went slow and took my time. Here are the results. Pretty painless and came in just about an hour of work. I doubt that I have really harmed the integrity of the lid, and I know that I likely voided any warranty. I clock lots of miles and the ability to listen to music, make calls and send texts is very important to me.

Fitted the speakers by putting in the velcro and seeing where they sounded best; then I marked the helmet and removed the speakers.



With the pointed bit seen in the photo I slowly and carefully cut out thru the plastic right on the marked line.



Removed the now freed plastic disk.



With a very fine rounded burnishing bit i slowly burnished down the foam until it was at the depth i wanted.



I used a cylinder bit to even up the sides and level the bottom of the pocket as well as push in the small bit of velcro that will hold the speaker in.



The speaker fits in perfectly flush and is held in with the little piece of velco as well as pressure fit as i cut the opening as exact as i could to the diameter of the speaker.





Put the liners back in and test the fit and sound of the speakers, which was spot on (if I do say so myself). The mod does not change the original feel of wearing or putting on or removing the helmet. I'm super stoked!



You can see the SMH and the speaker inside.

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Hi there,

I like what you've done here. I have the same helmet and would like to do the same. So it looks as if the speaker does not rest directly on your ear but rather is in the gap between the cheek pad. Not being directly touching the ear, is the sound still pretty good? I would like to use it for music on my ipod. I'm not too concerned at this point with rider to rider communication but wouldn't mind having a system that you could add that feature later. Are the speakers you've got the latest and greatest or are there better ones to buy. I tried buds and there is no way they will work with the Hornet. I'm assuming that if all I wanted was speakers , then they would be hard wired to the ipod. Any advise you can give me and prices and purchase locations would be greatly appreciated. I'm pretty handy with a dremmel tool and am not worried about voiding the warranty.

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I would have removed foam from the liner just forward of the ears, not EPS from the shell. The foam/liner is for comfort more than shock absorption. The EPS shell is what protects you in a crash, but it's your noggin.
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Hi there, I like what you've done here.
Thanks Craig.
What i installed is a complete system; meaning that the speakers and mic are all part of the SENA communication system.

the SENA was $120 i think, and it bluetooth links to my iPhone, my GPS, and any other bluetooth device i can pair up.

The speakers are great, clear and loud. I ride with 3M earplugs to block out wind noise, and the speakers come in perfectly clear thru the earplugs.

Now - for just ipod connectivity, i am not sure of whats out there. BUT for $125 the SENA will do ALL that you need it to. with ONE button touch i can make calls, send texts, etc.. it performs as the iphone regularly does when you use Siri... That would be my recommendation. After trying all kinds of speakers and earbuds and the molded foam and wax, etc.. this is by FAR the best ive used. I have this same setup in both of my shoei helmets...

This is the link to Revzilla where you can buy the SENA. i bought mine form my LMS (support local first always) RevZilla SENA SMH5-FM

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I would have removed foam from the liner just forward of the ears, not EPS from the shell. The foam/liner is for comfort more than shock absorption. The EPS shell is what protects you in a crash, but it's your noggin.
Ya Random; I totally feel you on this one and i went round and round in my head "do i or dont i cut into my $500 helmet". there was no way to get the comm system in there without removing a portion of the foam. in this helmet my ears basically touch directly in front of the black plastic that i removed. there was no way to put them in the cheekpads or soft foamy parts. they do not line up with the ears. in my Qwest, it has pre-fab pockets made for the sena speakers. IDK why the Hornet doesn't... ??

I did my best not to disturb as much as possible of the EPS, the total thickness is about 6-7cm. i felt comfortable with this, and went for it, but ya, technically i know ive altered the helmets capabilities.

I ride close to 220 miles DAILY in my commutes, so the phone and especially the music, is a must for me... cost to benefit i guess...

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Thanks again for your photos. I picked up the Sena SMH10 with a wired mic today and will install the system this weekend. It looks like I have the right size hole saw to make that cut through the plastic. Then I'll use the dremel. I too really don't want my ears touching them. The SMH10 is a bit bigger than yours but they both have that big easy to use volume knob. They say it's easier to use with a glove on compared to the SMH10R which is really small. I downloaded my entire itunes library onto a new Nokia Lumina Windows 8 phone. The phone has voice recognition for commands. Should be really cool. Craig.
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Sorry to revive an old thread but this one was exactly the tutorial I needed to do the exact same operation to my Shoei. I performed the modification this evening, in an hour's time, and it work perfectly. Now I have my Sena mounted in one of my favorite helmets and it doesn't rip my ears off every time I put on or remove my helmet. Thanks, Bradley.

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