Putting a lid back on it
Portland seriously embraces the notion of reduce, reuse, recycle. If you don’t believe me, just count the old Subarus and Volvo station wagons on the city’s streets.
I got a very prompt reply from New Enough to my inquiry about the correct part number for an HJC CS-R1. Placed the order on Sunday, it shipped on Monday and arrived today. Here’s the kit:
You’ll notice two sets of screws. One set has a single groove in the head, the other has two grooves in an X pattern. In both cases the grooves are dished and wide enough for a coin to be used to drive them. I went with a screwdriver. All the screws are a hard plastic. I suppose you could go to a hardware store and find identical metal screws, but I decided to use the ones supplied. Little risk of stripping out the threaded holes in the helmet that way, I’m thinking.
It was a broken screw on the right side of the helmet that caused the eyeshield to be stuck open. The head had broken off, but there was a hole in the middle of the shaft. I stuck the tip of a very sharp knife into the hole and turned it. I was able to turn the shaft enough for it to stick out of the hole far enough that I could spin it with pliers. Otherwise, removing the remaining screws was not a problem at all.
Here’s what’s under the baseplate. The little white finger on the lower left goes into the extra hole in the left side baseplate.
Installation is the reverse of removal. I used a wide-bladed screwdriver to tighten the screws; the blade popped out of the slot when the screw was tight enough. You want to be gentle here, getting the screws tight but not too tight.
I used all the new parts in the kit, and put the usable old bits into a Ziploc storage bag, which has a handy white patch upon which you can make a note about what’s in the bag. Very useful if you put the bag somewhere and don’t run across it again for months. Or years.
Upon reinstalling the face shield and operating it, it seems to open and close much more easily than when the helmet was new, so maybe something was wrong from the beginning. Whatever. I only had to spend 12 bucks instead of a hundred or so to keep my face from freezing off and my eyeballs from turning to cotton. That makes me very happy…
(My lawyer says I should remind you that if the reason your eye or face shield doesn’t work is because the helmet got whacked, you shouldn’t repair the helmet—you should dispose of it and get a new one. To paraphrase the old Bell Helmets ad, your head is certainly worth much more than 12 dollars.)