The Schuberth C4 Pro, like the Shoei Neotec 2, is also built to take a specific communication system, though instead of the SRL 2 it’s the SC1 Advanced. So, based on the volume of questions we’ve had, we’ll take a look at how you could go about installing a Cardo Scala Rider Packtalk in the Schuberth C4 Pro.
Install Cardo Packtalk Bold in Schuberth C4 Pro Guide +Video
The Sena SC1 Advanced has, to put it lightly, led to some polarized opinions when it comes to the Schuberth C4 Pro Helmet. While all around it’s great that it seamlessly integrates into the helmet, and it also adds to the safety, some people have found the system doesn’t quite meet their needs in terms of quality or functionality.
Though you can always get the Schuberth C4 Basic without the SC1 preparation, it’s a bit unfair that you won’t get the same selection of graphics as the C4 Pro, nor will you have the option to go for the C4 Pro Carbon, with its premium carbon fiber construction. So, based on the volume of questions we see, we decided to take a look at how you could go about installing a Cardo Packtalk Bluetooth Headset System inside a Schuberth helmet.
If you’d like to see our review of either the Cardo Packtalk or the SC1 Advanced, then you check out our Cardo Packtalk Slim or Sena SC1 Advanced Review and Installation Guides. So, we’ll run you through some of the pitfalls to keep in mind if you decide to go for the Cardo and then look at how you could actually go about installing it.
Can you Install the Packtalk Slim in the Schuberth C4 Pro?
So, a couple of things to keep in mind if you are hoping to add a Cardo Packtalk to your Schuberth C 4 Pro Helmet. First and foremost is the fact that the helmet already comes with everything installed. So, if you did want to make things easier for yourself here, then you can sacrifice on the graphics and go for the C4 Basic.
But, otherwise, the real problem here will be that the speakers and microphone are already in the helmet, but we’ll take a closer look at that when installing.
The other main obstacle on the C4 Pro is the incredibly wide lip and the sliding neck roll that mean it will be almost impossible to mount a Cardo Scala Rider Packtalk Bold or Cardo Scala Rider Packtalk Slim with the clamp. So, you can already see we’ll need the glue plate of the Packtalk Bold to mount the system.
Choosing the Bold Solution
So, the main thing about mounting the Cardo with a glue plate is that you can only do this once and it’s good to keep in mind what finish your helmet has to make sure nothing is damaged. If you also wanted to use the same system on another helmet then Cardo does also offer replacement glue plates.
On another note, there are other solutions to the Cardo Schuberth problem, but some of them require changes to the interior or exterior of the helmet, which we won’t go over here since it can mean you can no longer return it, you may void your warranty, or you may affect the safety of the helmet itself.
How to Mount the Glue Plate
Pressing on with the Cardo Packtalk Bold glue plate, the first thing you need to do is switch out the clamp on the bracket for the glue plate mount. To do that, you need to find a narrow item that you can use to push the clamp’s catch in, in this case, we’re using a screwdriver.
Then, while you’re pushing, you slide the clamp down to release it. Next, to place the glue clamp on the helmet, you first wipe the surface down with the alcohol wipes Cardo have provided in the box.
As you place it, make sure that it’s right side up and that the system is in the right place so that the helmet can freely open. Once it’s on, make sure to allow it to set for about 24 hours. Though as you can see, we didn’t follow through with the full glue plate. It’s also be a good idea to install everything first, see how much wire length you’re working with, and then mounting the system in the best place.
How to Install the Packtalk Bold in the Schuberth C4 Pro
Without the liner in, it quickly becomes clear that Schuberth have added the Sena SC 1 Advanced microphone and speakers. These are all glued into the helmet’s EPS and are hidden behind various layers of fabric. Nonetheless, Schuberth have kindly left you nice and large speaker pockets on either side with the Velcro already inside.
So, continuing with with the C4 Pro you basically have the option of just hiding the speakers behind the liner, since they are fairly slim. But with the speakers out of the way, you have plenty of space to add your Cardo JBL speakers.
Installing the Speakers
So, to do that, you first add the two speaker stickers in either ear that you’ll use to stick the speakers in. Then, you place them in the helmet with the long cable running to the opposite side of where the system will be. You can then plug the audio jack into the system and put the top of the liner back in while hiding the speaker cables.
Installing the Microphone
Next, for the microphone you’ll want to use the boom mic for modular helmets, though the Cardo also comes with a wired mic for full face helmets. You connect the two mic cables and place the Velcro sticker so the microphone will stay in place. As you do so, make sure that the yellow arrow is pointing inwards towards your mouth. With that over with, you can put the liner back in again.
Then, you can start the process of reinstalling the liner in the helmet.
Cardo Packtalk Bold vs Sena SC1 Advanced
Once you have the liner back in the helmet, you should have no problem with using your system. And again, you can get replacement glue plates if you do want to move your system onto a different helmet. Though this does end up being a lengthier process as far as Communication System installs go, Cardo are still one of the best communicators on the market.
While the SC1 communication system is plug and play and you have no device on the side of your helmet to worry about, Cardo are offering their DMC mesh, which is a much more user friendly communication platform, and they use speakers from JBL for a great level of audio quality. But for more reviews and installation guides, you can also check out our videos on the Cardo Packtalk Slim and the Schuberth SC1 Advanced.
If you’d like to learn more on the Cardo Packtalk Bold or Cardo Packtalk Slim or the Schuberth SC1 Advanced, then make sure to check out ChampionHelmets.com where we have our lowest price guarantee and you can find the systems at a discount in our helmet bundle deals.
So that’s it for looking at how you could install a Cardo Packtalk onto the Schuberth C4 Pro. Though Schuberth have not made it easy to add install the system, sometimes you have to work for the things you love: riding with high-quality audio and being able to enjoy the Cardo DMC Mesh to the fullest.
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