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    helmet chin straps (replace D rings)

    i just picked up a new BILT helmet today. it uses "D Rings" to stay on. i stopped over a friends house and he showed me an aftermarket "snap together clip" to replace the d rings he picked up at a rally in the midwest a few years back. any ideas where i might get one?? thanks

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    clip add-on

    I see the clips at just about every cycle shop I go into and at most cycle shows. They work fairly well, though not nearly as well as Nolan's.

    Wife's got one on her helmet and I'll have them on mine shortly.

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    Several styles out there - best I've found, and they are on all my helmets since the 1990's, would be the FAST HOOK Quick Release Buckle.

    Made of a tough polymer and DOT approved, they will mount on any helmet straps, cost $7 for one or $12 for two.

    Here's a source site:


    http://www.helmetsrus.com/fasthook.html

    I've even stock-piled them so that it will be the last and only quick-disconnect I'll ever use!
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    I like D-rings

    To offer a different opinion, I feel the same way about it as the folks at webBikeWorld:

    Helmet Attachments and Straps

    The tried-and-true "D-ring" attachment system is widely used, very reliable and is used on every racing helmet that we are aware of. Other "quick release" systems have been developed, but like trying to build a better mousetrap, none have improved on this basic attachment system, and most are more complicated, failure prone, and fussy to operate. Our advice is to stick with the D-ring system.

    A D-ring is infinitely adjustable and there are no springs to wear out or plastic and metal latches to break. All of the quick release mechanisms we've tried make it very hard to adjust the tightness of the helmet straps.

    Accessory quick release latches that are user installed should also be avoided, because they can add too much length to the helmet's strap, making it difficult to adjust correctly. Our opinion is that quick release latches are a solution in search of a problem.

    One thing to look for is a button or Velcro attachment for the extra piece of chin strap that's usually left dangling after the helmet is secured. Sometimes, this extra piece can be tucked up under the attached chin strap, but it's usually more comfortable to have a method of securing the end of the strap. Make sure you know how your system works and that it fits correctly before purchasing the helmet.

    Source: http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...helmet-faq.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkM View Post
    To offer a different opinion, I feel the same way about it as the folks at webBikeWorld:
    A BIG plus 1!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnslow View Post
    A BIG plus 1!
    Mike - I've got some Guy Lombardo 8-Tracs and my slightly used Sony BetaMax for sale, if you're interested?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald View Post
    Mike - I've got some Guy Lombardo 8-Tracs and my slightly used Sony BetaMax for sale, if you're interested?!
    Not interested in the Beta, but do you have any 12" video discs?

    I just like the D ring system. I can do mine one handed with gloves on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmatt View Post
    i just picked up a new BILT helmet today. it uses "D Rings" to stay on. i stopped over a friends house and he showed me an aftermarket "snap together clip" to replace the d rings he picked up at a rally in the midwest a few years back. any ideas where i might get one?? thanks

    I just got one of these in today. 5 minute installation. Very Happy with it.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

    Around $10 with Shipping

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    I put one on my helmet I only use for teaching. I take this helmet on and off all the time and the clip works well for this. I do like my D rings more for my riding helmets. It is not easy to get the clip as snug as I like it and still get it on and off with ease. When I teach, having it loose is no problem.

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    What!

    DRings are about as easy and simple an idea ever invented for helmets. Its fine for ya'll to find other options too, but I've never considered my DRings a hassle to use. Simple is best for me, an old airhead idea, simple. Randy

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