Moxx Rebuild

[ Thursday - July 6, 2017 ]

OK.  Since I've had enough of playing video games like Nier Automata, for now ...

Nier Automata - 9S and 2B.

I decided to do something more productive like rebuilding my Moxx helmet.  The last couple of long trips, with high winds, revealed that the cheek pads are shot.  Not only is the jaw guard shifting back and forth  the helmet is wiggling around too, the head liner is toast.  In other words, the Moxx helmet is due for another pad set swap out.  Having done this for so many years, I keep a set of XD helmet pads on hand.  This is also the reason why I never bothered to get any other helmet type and manufacturer.  I've been using the Arai XD series for the last 13 years.  It's not cheap but it works for me.

And if you ask me what the hell a "helmet rebuild" means, it's simple.  Really... kind of...

Some of the tools to rebuild Moxx: Velcro, felt instead of foam, etc.

Because I've customize the helmet so much, that means I get to perform an annual ritual to cleanup and refresh the helmet... rebuild.  Generally this means replace any sticky back Velcro that is coming loose, cutting the new cheek pad foams to put the speakers in, doing the basic wipe down of the helmet using Plexus, and touch up any reflective tape that comes loose.  This essentially bringing the helmet back to my preferred use condition.

Moxx in pieces for a good wipe down with Plexus.

The speakers are extremely loud.  They were built to be used along with ear plugs (3M 33db E-A-Rsoft large).  Within a year's riding time (in the rain and sweaty heat) the material I use for separating the speaker from the cheek pad (a different type of foam) normaly deteriorates.  Everything needs replacement.  This year I'm switching over to using felt instead of foam.  Hopefully it doesn't fall apart like foam.  I also like riding at speed with the face shield up.  In order to accommodate this and preventing the face shield from dropping at 70-80mph, I use a strip of Velcro at the very top of the face shield to loosely latch the face shield onto the helmet.  Again, within a year's time, the Velcro's glue dries and the Velcro starts coming off.  This needs replacement.

It might not look like it but these pads are shot.

It might be hard to tell, but the circular foam, that is covering the speaker, is toast.  Just touching it has it disintegrating.

Once the cheek pads are trimmed and the speakers are in, I'm back in business.  It's just a matter of turning on the bike and ensuring the speakers still work.

Helmet rebuild completed for another year.

Written on: July 6, 2017
Last modified: July 6, 2017