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post #1 of 14 Old 02-14-2017, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Simple helmet mod

I have a Shoei Neotec and love it.
Just two things bug me
- the only detent opens the shield about 1"
- the Pinlock still fogs in heavy rain when stopped

The two issues are tied together when you crack the shield to let some air in.
The bottom being too wide lets in rain and the top seal is no longer made so rain also dribbles in from the top.
Really Shoei?

So I came up with this simple little mod to keep the shield cracked just enough to let air in and also keep the top seal engaged. It occurred to me that others might benefit since other helmets have the same issue.
Essentially it's a length of solid copper wire - I think 10 gauge - inside a piece of aquarium tubing with the ends heated then pinch sealed. Actually I heated a needlenose and squeezed then shut. I then bent them to snugly fit on the helmet lip. The tubing keeps it from marring the helmets and cushions the edge. Placement determines how wide the gap - a single unit in the center is the smallest gap, one at each side is the widest. They stay put especially if you squeeze them a tad to conform best to helmet.


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post #2 of 14 Old 02-14-2017, 11:48 AM
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My old scorpion helmet had a similar scenario, the first detent for the visor opened it about 1.5". Using a tiny dremel bit, I was able to cut another detent on each side to allow it to crack open about .5".
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A buddy of mine uses a Papermate binder clip. Clip it on the lens and he's good to go
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I just use a Dremel tool to carve another detent in my helmets that don't have a position I want for the visor.
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I just use a Dremel tool to carve another detent in my helmets that don't have a position I want for the visor.
It'd be nice if that would work on the Shoei but the ratchet and pawl literally end at the point of the lowest opening.
Nothing to drill a detent into.

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Kabuto has the first detent with about 1/4" opening. Perfect for venting when cold/rainy.

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Nice tip. And keep the Neotec. I sprung for a Schuberth C3 Pro and wish I'd bought another Neotec Best helmet I've ever owned. C3 might be a little more quiet, but doesn't flow air nearly as well as the Shoei, nor is it quite as comfy.
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Kabuto has the first detent with about 1/4" opening. Perfect for venting when cold/rainy.
Do you like your Kabuto? I just bought the Ibuki but haven't received it yet. Gets great reviews but it will be the first modular I have owned. I typically wear full face. Being in the desert, a sip of water now and then will be a joy with a modular!
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Thanks -- great tip! I'll be giving it a try.

I moved to a Neotec from a Scorpion and I love it. My only issue with it was that it would mash my hair down in a weird pattern, which wasn't great when I wore it on my morning commute. My solution was to get a Heat Out skull cap that I wear under the helmet, which greatly improves things.
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Kabuto has the first detent with about 1/4" opening. Perfect for venting when cold/rainy.
Got a Kabuto Kamui on closeout, includes pinlock shield, and I love it. Great helmet thus far, compared to my old Shoei it's darn near just as good. Maybe not as quiet, but I wear earplugs now so that's a moot point. The Kamui isn't a modular, it's full face. I went from the Shoei RF (full face) to an HJC Symax (flip top) and then to the Kabuto (full face). I liked the IDEA of the modular, and the HJC was a decent helmet, but it was much heavier, somewhat noisier and leakier than my old Shoei. With the HJC, it was cool to stop and flip the lid while fueling or getting a snack at the quicky mart, but really... I'm not an IBA king or something, I could just take the [email protected] thing off at a stop and add a minute or two to my trip. The Kabuto is light and the pinlock shield works like magic-- I'm so used to flipping the shield up at stops on cold mornings, I'm still trying to break myself of the habit. It simply WORKS. Was a real [email protected]#!sucker to install the pinlock shield, but I finally got it right. Unless poverty strikes hard again, I'll never go back to a helmet without a pinlock shield.

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