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After reading and seeing in the forum here about the safety advantage of a full face helmet, I went out and bought a new ARAI full face helmet. I also sent away for a surface mike to install inside the helmet. I need the surface mike for my phone; I'm on call 24 hours a day. I tried mounting the surface mike in every possible location on the inside of the helmet along the lower bar. No matter where I place it, it digs into my forehead when I try to slip the helmet on or off. The only place I could possibly mount the surface mike is on the padding by the upper left corner of the face opening (picture attached), but I doubt that the mike would work well there. The helmet is brand new, never used. I'm thinking of selling it and getting a flip-up, modular helmet instead. Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone have any suggestions? I've heard head shrinks are very expensive.
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After installing mic's in bout 3 full face helmets, if the helmet isnt fitting right or is too small,this will not help your plight. Also those are made to be placed directly in front of the mouth.Is there not room for it there? I have similar mic's with our j&m sets and that is where they are.

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On a full face I usually cut a small hole and mount the mic behind any padding on the chin bar. If you mount it on top of any thing that is on the chin bar it sticks out too far.

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I have a full face sevenzeroseven vendetta II that I installed a mic on. No padding to remove just used Velcro to stick it as low as possible on the helmet below mouth and don't notice it. GL.


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I also cut out some of the padding directly in front of my mouth on my full face helmet, and it fits in perfectly.

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Motocross helmets have more room in the front area, but are still one piece.

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I also agree with cutting the hole. I had used J&M fullface headsets on my helmets. I had a HJC full face and after that a Z1R fullface. I always carfully pulled out the foam padding for the chin bar and cut a hole for the mike towards the center. I stuck the mike in from behind the padding and this kept the mike out of the way for me along with hiding/protecting the wiring. It worked out well for me.

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Helmets and heads have different shapes. A helmet that gives one person enough room for a mic on the chin bar may not provide enough room for another. I was all set to buy a Nolan flip-up when I realized that the chinbar was too close to my face. The HJC IS Max has more room.

I cut the foam and mounted a mic in the chinbar on my full face HJC. This may not be possible on a flip-up. There could be mechanical stuff in there for the chinbar latch. I have not purchased the IS Max yet.

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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.
I took the ARAI helmet out of the box again. The chin pad looks and feels like a dense piece of foam, covered with a thin piece of imitation leather. It appears to be cemented to the outer shell. Is the padding on other brand of full face helmets of similar material? Is this what you would cut into?

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You have bought the best helmet known to mankind, IF and only IF, you go fast on a superbike. If I were you I would take it back and get a Nolan modular helmet with the headset/mike buildt in. They even have a module that snaps right onto the helmet for your bluetooth connection, no fat ugly ball hanging down on the side.

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