How to Install Communicators in Snowmobile Helmet

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When the chill of winter dances in the air, and snow blankets the earth, it’s time to pull out the snowmobiles. But, for those who’ve shared the sheer joy of racing through a winter wonderland like us, know that communication can be a bit of a challenge when you’re zipped up in your helmet and the sound of your snowmobile fills your ears.

To keep in touch with your companions when you’re out on the trails, a good snowmobile communicator is a must. If you’ve ever wondered how to install a communication system in your snowmobile helmet, you’re in the right place.

In this guide, we’ll lead you through the installation process, ensuring your snowmobile communicator is installed correctly and securely, so you’re always connected. Buckle up, and let’s begin.

Installing Communication System in a Snowmobile Helmet

Before we dive into these steps, it’s worth mentioning that we’ll be using a BRP Oxygen Helmet for the installation process. This helmet is a popular choice among snowmobilers and has some fantastic features that make it stand out in the market. But remember, no matter what helmet you have, the installation process we are going to discuss should work just fine. So, let’s get started.

  1. Unbox and Inspect Your Communicator: After unboxing your communicator, you should first inspect all the components. Make sure that you have the main unit, a couple of speakers, a microphone, a mounting bracket, and an installation manual in the box.
  2. Prepare Your Helmet: Remove the cheek pads and the liner of your BRP Oxygen Helmet. This will give you more room to work and make the installation process easier.
  3. Position the Speakers: Place the speakers inside the helmet, in the ear pockets. The speakers should align with your ears when you wear the helmet. You may need to adjust the speaker positioning a few times to get the perfect fit.
  4. Install the Microphone: The microphone should be placed near your mouth but not directly in front of it. You may need to try a few different positions to find the spot where the microphone picks up your voice clearly without picking up too much wind or breathing noise.
  5. Mount the Main Unit: Use the mounting bracket provided with the communicator to attach the main unit to the helmet. The exact mounting spot can vary, but it’s usually on the side of the helmet. Make sure to attach it securely, as this is the key component of your snowmobile communicator.
  6. Connect the Wires: Once all the parts are in place, connect the speakers and the microphone to the main unit using the provided wires. Make sure to route the wires in a way that they don’t interfere with anything else in the helmet.
  7. Reinstall the Liner and Cheek Pads: After the installation is complete, replace the liner and cheek pads in the helmet.
  8. Test the Communicator: Finally, turn on the communicator and connect it to your device to ensure everything is working correctly.

Common Mistakes People Do When Installing Communicators In Their Helmet

Installing communication systems in snowmobile helmets, though seemingly straightforward, can be riddled with common mistakes. One frequent error is neglecting to properly position the speakers. The speakers should align with your ears, but often people place them too high or too low in the ear pockets, leading to poor sound quality.

Another common mistake is hastily mounting the main unit without fully ensuring its security. The main unit is the heart of your communication system, and if it’s not securely attached, it can lead to a host of problems. Plus, it’s not unheard of for people to connect the wires in a hurry, which can cause them to interfere with other helmet components.

A particularly memorable mistake was one I made five years ago when I was still a snowmobiling novice. With my first snowmobile communicator, I impatiently skipped through the user manual and installed the microphone too close to my mouth. This resulted in the mic picking up more noise from my breathing than my voice. It took me a few rides and a good read of the manual to realize my blunder. I made this mistake with my Cardo Packtalk Bold, you can read about that in this review of Packtalk Bold.

The key to avoiding these mistakes is to take your time with the installation process, and always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. It might seem tedious, but it’s the best way to ensure optimal performance from your communication system.

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Thomas Miller
My name is Thomas Miller. I have been riding snowmobiles for the past 10 years and I'm completely in love with snowmobiling because it's fun, relaxing, and a great workout.