Factory headset


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OnPapasWing
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Factory headset

Postby OnPapasWing » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:55 pm



I suspect that this is a topic already discussed, so if this is the case just redirect me please. The bike I just purchased came with original helmets (1996) and as you can imagine they are considerably worn. Certainly no plans what-so-ever to wear them. I want to reuse the headsets and install them onto two other helmets. Possible? Does it have to be a full face or 3/4 helmet, or will they work on the shorter helmets? I'm also missing one of the interface cables. Between the rider and fairing. I have the passenger hook up.

thanks,

Steve



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Re: Factory headset

Postby smilam » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:55 pm

You should be able to reuse them with no problem. The interface cable may be found at J& M's website. If they don't have it you will have to search other headset manufactures websites to locate the one that fits. It's hard to tell with the information given if they will fit in a shorter helmet. Most likely they won't work in a half helmet unless they came out of a half helmet. Look at how the ear pieces and mike is mounted in the existing helmet to see if you can adapt them to work in a different helmet.
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Re: Factory headset

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:58 pm

In most cases, yes, you can remove the headset and move it to a new helmet. And you're right that 1996 helmets should not be used for anything other than decorations. Helmet manufacturers put a 5-year life on helmets before they are replaced. 17 years is waayy beyond that - not to mention that helmet technology has progressed mightily since then.

I would carefully remove the headsets from the existing helmets and see if they can be mounted into new ones. J&M (and most other) headsets are made specifically for helmet types - i.e. a full-face headset for a full-face helmet, an open-face headset for an open-face helmet.

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Re: Factory headset

Postby OnPapasWing » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:41 pm

Yeah, it was looking pretty snarly! Maybe time for some new helmets.
Thanks much.




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