Drilling holes in Helmets for better sound?

Drilling holes in Helmets for better sound?

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discussion starter · #1 · mar 7, 2010

so i’ve got a shoei full face helmet which feels like it keeps my face and head very safe indeed – but, i feel disconnected from the outside world..

i also have a snowboard helmet that i’ve worn when just riding the bike around the block to practice slow speed stuff, and i love the sound and the feel of the air..

can you drill holes in the sides of a full face helmet where your ears are? i’m thinking some 1/8″ holes, maybe 5-10 of them, in a circular type shape – will this compromise the structural integrity of the helmet in a major way?

why don’t they make the helmets like that to begin with, with some sort of vent by the ears?

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the whistling sound from the wind rushing past the hole will drive you crazy and ruin your hearing.

not sure if altering a safety device is such a good idea either.

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so i’ve got a shoei full face helmet which feels like it keeps my face and head very safe indeed – but, i feel disconnected from the outside world..

i also have a snowboard helmet that i’ve worn when just riding the bike around the block to practice slow speed stuff, and i love the sound and the feel of the air..

can you drill holes in the sides of a full face helmet where your ears are? i’m thinking some 1/8″ holes, maybe 5-10 of them, in a circular type shape – will this compromise the structural integrity of the helmet in a major way?

why don’t they make the helmets like that to begin with, with some sort of vent by the ears?

are you for real?

i ride with earplugs just to get rid of the noise!

small holes in the side of a helmet at 70mph will make you loose your mind

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complete structural integrity loss. might as well go buy a bicycle helmet to wear as it may just be about equal to a helmet with holes.

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drilling holes in a helmet sounds like a bad idea, in all ways, they make those helmets in a why to provide the most resistance in an impact. i believe with my new helmet i just bought, there is a booklet with safety warnings on how not to modify them,

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yeah, i believe something as simple as the wrong type of paint will ‘mod’ your helmet for the worse. maybe you need a harley-type helmet?

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i’d think performing any type of mechanical modification, including drilling holes, in a helmet would compromise it’s integrity. shoei is a more expensive brand, thus may do a better job than other cheaper helmets at reducing wind noise. if you want to be able to hear the wind noise, get the cheaper brands. those provide protection that meet dot standards, but don’t cancel noise as well. maybe that’s what you’re looking for.

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this sounds like a great idea. let me know how it goes for you…

or have your significant other/family member let us know when you wreck…

this has to be a troll.

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i think it’s a bad idea. the noise would drive you nuts and it will ruin the helmet as far as protecting your head in the event of a crash.

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if you decide to try this, be sure to wear the helmet when drilling the holes. this will ensure that you have them in the right position.

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discussion starter · #11 · mar 7, 2010

lol, no i’m not trolling – but apparently it was a bad idea i can see that now – here was my thinking though:

1. people like the open face helmets because they can see/hear/feel more of the air while cruising around (maybe not at freeway speeds, but just around town)

2. close face helmets are much safer, but its hard to hear in them, feels like being in a vacuum or a car or something

3. a modification to allow more sound in would be the best of both worlds..

but yea, i didn’t think about the whistling wind noise that would likely result..

the structural integrity piece of it, i dunno – a small circular hole(‘s) surrounded by that much intact material might hold up just fine, unless it was a totally psycho accident in which case you’d probably be toast from all the other impact injuries anyway.. you can put holes in other very stable objects and they are quite structurally intact..

but no, i’m not gonna do it – i’ll just buy an open face helmet for the below 50mph trips around town and such..

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the structural integrity piece of it, i dunno – a small circular hole(‘s) surrounded by that much intact material might hold up just fine, unless it was a totally psycho accident in which case you’d probably be toast from all the other impact injuries anyway.. you can put holes in other very stable objects and they are quite structurally intact..

go into a motorcycle dealer, pick up one of their helmets, drop it, and then tell them you don’t want to buy it. hah

everyone i’ve talked to says dropping a helmet once messes up the helmet and it isn’t safe anymore.

so if that’s true, i’m willing to bet drilling holes is even worse.

imo, i wouldn’t want to wear an open face helmet, i’ve seen what happens to the bugs on my truck windshield.

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dropping a helmet once won’t necessarily damage it, but you have no way of knowing if it did by looking at it externally. a drop could cause a hairline or worse split in the inner structure of the helmet, and should an accident occur the helmet won’t do its job properly. i’ve been told (never had to try) that most hemlet manufacturers will allow you to send in a helmet for inspection although there is probably a charge for it.

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if you decide to try this, be sure to wear the helmet when drilling the holes. this will ensure that you have them in the right position.

better to get a drill that’s long enough, too, so you know the holes are concentric. you can drill once and get 2 holes! a 1 ft long drill will be good enough.

:blowup:

anyways, there’s only one way to find out what 2 holes drilled (size of the hole is a factor too), will do to the helmet. if you think about it, there are already 2 very large openings in the helmet. an ideal shape would be for the helmet to be completely spherically enclosed, which would not be practical unless you have no neck and x-ray vision.

maybe you just need a skull cap

drilling holes in helmets for better sound?

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:wtf: just because he asked we answered…but why are we responding to this.i to think he should drill the holes with his helmet on.with a high power drill bit,and then return the helmet if it doesnt work out for him.

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i dont know what your talking about with the shoei. i had a rf1000 and anything above 45mph you needed ear plugs. guess you dont want to be able to hear anything in a few years.

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discussion starter · #17 · mar 7, 2010

:wtf: just because he asked we answered…but why are we responding to this.i to think he should drill the holes with his helmet on.with a high power drill bit,and then return the helmet if it doesnt work out for him.

right, it was a noob question, and obviously a bad idea, but its not a totally crazy question since it really is difficult for me to hear much (like at stoplights) with this helmet on – i wanted to see about improving it.. so don’t be a ********, i’m sure you’ve asked stupid questions before too..

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or, you could crack open the visor a little…but you get a lot of wind in your face

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complete structural integrity loss.

+1

there is obviously a reason they don’t set helmets up like that.

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right, it was a noob question, and obviously a bad idea, but its not a totally crazy question since it really is difficult for me to hear much (like at stoplights) with this helmet on – i wanted to see about improving it.. so don’t be a ********, i’m sure you’ve asked stupid questions before too..

i agree, some of these guys are being a little extra harsh..ha what are you trying to hear?

if you want to talk to a riding buddy at a stoplight or something, look into getting a modular helmet. a full face helmet and the full face part easily flips up.

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