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How to fit a Stilo Drinks Kit to an ST5 helmet

How to fit a Stilo Drinks Kit to an ST5 helmet

For longer races like Le Mans, WEC etc or rallies you might want the option of being able to drink when in the driving seat. The Stilo ST5 F, GT & R helmets are all equipped with a drinks port allowing you to attach a drinks kit to your car. 

We've put together a conclusive guide to all the parts you need and how to fit them into your Stilo ST5 helmet.

Items you’re going to need:


stilo-ya0600

For the inside of the helmet:

 

  • YA0602 - Water tube
  • YA0603 - Male quick coupling
  • YA0601 - Bite valve

 

The three above are available as a kit: YA0600

  


Stilo YA0605 Drinks Kit

Parts external to the helmet 

 

 Or

 

 


Tools

  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Small screwdriver or pen

Method

Helmet set up.

  

1. Locate the drinks port on the helmet. 
Stilo ST5 Drinks Port



2. Remove the relevant cheek pad from the inside of the helmet by gently pulling back on the front - the part adjacent to the chin pading. Simply pull it back, there's no need to remove it from the helmet. 
Remove Stilo St5 Cheek Pad

 

3. Locate the drinks port rubber bung inside the helmet. Using a small screwdriver or pen, push out the small plastic stopper from the centre of the bung. 

drinks port bung removal

 


4. You can now insert the male part of the drinks kit into the bung from the outside of the helmet. When in place, the wider part of the connector will sit flush with the rubber and protrude on the inside.

instert male quick connector.jpg

 

 

5. You can now press the water tube onto the male connector.

Drinks tube connection inside Stilo ST5 helmet 

 

6. Replace the cheek pad - note there's a groove ready to accept the drinks tube without squashing it.

Stilo ST5 Inner tube cut away

 

7. You will notice the pipe is far too long and will need to be cut with a sharp blade. Your goal is to position it below the microphone in a place you'll be able to pull it into your mouth with your tongue. Remember you can always cut more off, so start with a position that appears too long and adjust.
Cut Hose To Size

 


Bag set up

If you have purchased the Stilo YA0605 Drinks System you will simply be able to plug the included/attached, female connector on the hose into the helmet.

Mounting your drinks kit inside the car will be dependent on what space you have available. Many drivers choose to mount drinks bags to the back of the seat or to the roll cage but you will need to get creative in order to position it in a safe and practical way.


If you have purchased a drinks kit like the Turn One In Car Drinks Kit you will need to replace the bite valve on the end with a Stilo Female Quick Coupling (YA0604).

You may find the hose needs to be cut as the proprietary bite valve will have stretched the hose and it won’t fit with the Stilo part.

Carefully use a sharp blade to cut as close to the old valve as possible - or where required if you wish to shorten the hose.

cut hose

Press the Female Quick Coupling fully into the hose and it's ready to be attached to the male coupling in the helmet.

Helmet connection 


 

Care and Cleaning

 

We’d always recommend thoroughly rinsing out your drinks system before use.

In order to prolong the life of your drinks system, it’s advisable to allow the tubes to fully dry out after use. If you use an energy drink or something with sugars in it’s vital that the system is rinsed after use.

If you notice mould or dark spots growing in the pipes it might be time for a change, but it’s very easy to revive a system that is tasting or smelling off by allowing it to soak in very salty water. Just add a large amount of table salt to warm water (not boiling) and allow to dissolve. Run the solution through the system and allow to soak overnight. Rinse thoroughly before use. You can also use products for cleaning babies bottles.


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any more information on Stilo products and accessories.