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 Post subject: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:30 pm 
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...looking at headset press's there seems to be some real expensive (over £100!) ones and then some for a few quid...

My question is do I really need to spend a fortune or would something like this be ok?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEADSET-PRESS ... 19dd757f13

Equally removing headset cups, do you really need a specific tool or is there a cheap alternative.

I don't mind spending money on tools I use regularily but headset tools are not a frequent use tool...

Advice appreciated

Doug


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:31 pm 
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You can donor with a length of threaded rod and a few large washers, but once you've used a decent press you'll never go back to bodgery.

Mind you, a runner mallet and a steady eye can give satisfying results, as well as lots of tears. Depends how bold you are.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:09 pm 
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I use one of them cheap eBay headset presses and had perfect results every time, to remove I use an old piece of alloy piping and a mallet :) simples


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:31 pm 
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There's 1 in the for sale section right now for something around £25 from memory. It's the avalanche frame guy.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:10 pm 
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Its a handy kit to have but i agree with everyone that the proper tool really makes the job but given the vast majority on here dont do headsets every day to justify the cost of a good quality one, so the threaded rod press is just as good so long as youre aware of its limitations and are careful setting it up and using it :?

Interesting use of the word 'donor' there :lol:
A redistribution of assets, usually somebody else's.

B&Q sell threaded rod in 600mm lengths and you can buy all the bolts and washers from them also.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:12 pm 
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wookiee wrote:
...looking at headset press's there seems to be some real expensive (over £100!) ones and then some for a few quid...

My question is do I really need to spend a fortune or would something like this be ok?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEADSET-PRESS ... 19dd757f13

Equally removing headset cups, do you really need a specific tool or is there a cheap alternative.

I don't mind spending money on tools I use regularily but headset tools are not a frequent use tool...

Advice appreciated

Doug


Just to point out, the same ebay seller sells this version too.

As to removing the cups, one of those splined tubes type jobs are reasonably priced - I bought one a while back, can't remember whether it was from CRC or wiggle, but it wasn't loadsamoney.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:40 pm 
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I bought one of these and have used it on 5 different bikes with perfect results every time.


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