So you have purchased one of our visors...what's next?
There are so many different methods to install your new T-Visor. The method you decide to use can vary greatly depending on your skill level, tools on hand, the decision for installation to be permanent or removable, and even the temperature of the area you live in.
Our replacement T-Visors are 1/8" thick, smoked grey acrylic plexiglass that specifically fits any of our helmets. Additionally, our visors fit a wide range of helmets on the market. However, because each specific helmet may be sized slightly differently, our visor may not be an exact fit for your needs and may need to be trimmed or cut.
We recommend the following tools depending on your application:
|Rotary Tool||Heat Gun||Hot Glue Gun|
Fit and Sizing:
Our T-Visors measure 1/8" thick, 7 1/2" from top to bottom and 7 1/4" from side to side. They are 2 1/8" wide at the base of the "T".
Our helmets come with threaded posts embedded into the resin to provide secure yet removable anchor points for your visor attachment. If using the visor in one of our helmets, the best way of attachment is to screw in the included 3/8" 4x40 machine screws through the visor and into the threaded nuts which are embedded into your helmet. We recommend using a high-speed cutting bit with a rotary tool.
A heat gun can be used to bend this replacement T-Visor if a better fit is needed for your helmet. Be cautious while using a heat gun. Use gloves and a respirator as fumes may be toxic. A well ventilated space is recommended. This process should be done slowly to avoid rapid overheating and warping. When the material is ready to be bent, it will do so easily. Do not force it or the plexiglass will shatter.
Trimming, Drilling, or Cutting:
If the visor needs to be trimmed, use either a cutting disc on a rotary tool such as a Dremel, or a jigsaw with a fine tooth blade. Use a respirator and eye protection as fumes and dust can be hazardous. If drilling, it is preferred that a rotary tool and bit be used. If you do not have a Dremel tool or something similar, you can use a 1/8" drill bit. However, use very little pressure so as to not torque the plastic.
***The Plexiglass material WILL shatter if too much pressure or torque is applied with a normal drill bit.***
It is best to place a sacrificial stopping block on the back side to help prevent the torque of the drill from shattering the material.
Drill Through (Preferred Method):
We believe that the superior method will always be drilling through the visor to attach it to the helmet you are using. This allows for the most stable installation while also providing a removable option. For this method, attach threaded posts such as Chicago Screws, Binding Posts, Binding Nuts, etc. using an epoxy or some other adhesive to the interior of your helmet. The best placement is usually one at each distal end of the visor (left and right) and two at the bottom of the "T".
Once your posts are installed, place the visor inside and lightly mark the spots which will need to be drilled out. Use the steps noted above to drill the necessary holes. Be careful to not overly torque the material or it can snap. We recommend using a high-speed cutting bit with a rotary tool such as outlined above. Once finished, lay the visor back inside and fasten it down at all four locations using machine screws and washers which are the same dimension as the threaded posts that were inserted.
The other way to attach your new visor to your helmet is by gluing it in. A hot glue gun is an excellent way to temporarily "tack in" the visor. Be careful when using a hot glue gun and working with hot glue in general. The nozzle and glue temperatures can burn your skin leaving blisters. Set your visor in place and add enough hot glue on the lip of the plastic to cascade over and adhere to the inside of the helmet. Do this in several locations to hold the visor in place. In colder climates, this may be your preferred method. However, if you live in warmer climates or if you intend to ever have the helmet in a car or hot area, be advised that the hot glue can heat up allowing the visor to pull away.
In warmer climates or for a more permanent bond, use an adhesive such as an epoxy cream or gel to build up an area which will hold the visor in place.
Leaving gaps between the visor and the helmet will dramatically increase air flow and reduce any fogging issues. When installing your new T-Visor, strike a good balance between adhering the visor and leaving enough open space for ventilation.