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Just wondering if there is an actual life span on a 3.2a/5 fire suit. I know the upper ones have to be certified ever few years but didn't know about the lower rating ones.
I have had mine for over 10 years and is showing a quite a bit of were. Does the fire rating diminish over years??


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Yes they do not have to be re-certified but they do have limitations IMO. If its showing wear, replace it! Even though I am guilty of wearing my pants throughout the day, you should only have your suit on when you are in the car. This limits the amount of oil/fuel/grease etc that it is exposed to. This all degrades it ability to protect you.


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If its a Sparco, about 2 years then the zipper is junk. Happened more times than one......
 
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If its a Sparco, about 2 years then the zipper is junk. Happened more times than one......


Yep, had it happen to the jacket and pants on mine about 3 years ago. Hopefully they have that problem fixed by now


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don't call and ask for help with the situation either. I just did yesterday, and was told, "yeah it has been happening, but its not a big deal, just take your two year old, $300 fire jacket to a seamstress and have a new one put in it.."
 
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Where are the sparcos made?
 
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don't call and ask for help with the situation either. I just did yesterday, and was told, "yeah it has been happening, but its not a big deal, just take your two year old, $300 fire jacket to a seamstress and have a new one put in it.."


Thats exactly what I was told 3 years ago, love the suit but the zippers suck. I guess they havent changed to a different zipper then


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Where are the sparcos made?


I thought Italy, could be wrong but zippers are from China for sure


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I'v had my Simpson for at least 10 years and it still looks like new, never any issues with zippers. I will say washing in cold water with woolite and drip dry is the only way I have ever cleaned it, once at the end of each season.

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Get a new good hd zipper installed and lightly oil it with vegetable oil.. works great.. just a little
 
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Bees wax is what you need to use on zippers.
 
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I have heard that before about the bees wax.

For what it's worth - firesuits need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Normal laundering in cold water seems to be fine. Mine is a bit faded but still in good shape. One thing you can do to help the fire resistance is to soak the suit in a mixture of water and baking soda overnight, then hang it up - preferably outdoors and let it dry out. It also removes a lot of the body odor from sweat, etc.


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In 2005 I had a little problem that resulted in me being on fire.

The suit I was wearing at the time is the same suit that my dad was wearing in an old picture I have. The pic is from 1993 and the suit looked worn out then. I doubt if it was ever washed in between.

The suit had no elastic at the cuffs so my legs got burnt just a tiny bit, but if they hadn't cut the pants off of me, I would have kept wearing the suit.

Not saying any of this is best practice or a good idea, just sharing my experience.
 
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For me it has always been when the grease stains are so bad, I get stressed wondering if it ***** will self-combust. Last one 10 years Got black this time Rolling


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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zipper...f:g:fvIAAOSwvgdW5uxI

I bought a case of this stuff a couple of years ago. My grandmother swore by the stuff and it does work. Not sure how many I have left.


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As long as it isn't worn out, NOMEX should last a lifetime. It is a fire resistant product, not a treatment. Now, I'm sure that DuPont will tell you different as soon as they develop a newer product. Kind of like they did with R-12 Freon. It wasn't outlawed until the patent ran out.



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Where are the sparcos made?


I thought Italy, could be wrong but zippers are from China for sure



Thanks, confirmed this weekend tag on a brand new jacket says made in chinka.
 
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Paul you live and race in FLA and you bought a BLACK Firesuit You Nuts.
 
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https://simpsonraceproducts.com/pdf/Safety2-04.pdf

3.2A/1 3 seconds until a 2nd degree burn

3.2A/5 9 seconds until a 2nd degree burn

3.2A/15 30 seconds until a 2nd degree burn

3.2A/20 40 seconds until a 2nd degree burn

This made me rethink my safety. My 10 second car doesn't require I wear fire pants but I wear them anyway, just in case.


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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zipper...f:g:fvIAAOSwvgdW5uxI

I bought a case of this stuff a couple of years ago. My grandmother swore by the stuff and it does work. Not sure how many I have left.


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