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 Post subject: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:50 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Guys,

I can't send pm right now and have had great support and help from Tim at just backdated...

Do I need to take the lower crown race off my rock shox shown the picture to go over the collar on the pace rc35 I've been trying to fit tie evening...

Advise please as I can't see how the lower crown race will come off the rock shox without damage...where can I get one of these?

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:52 pm 
retrobike rider
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Yes, it comes off.
Normally with a hammer and screwdriver! Although there are tools available to buy for it they are expensive.
I use a hammer and a long flat piece of brass.


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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...mine has been on there for the best part of 20 years though...


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:00 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: Flipping between Wigan and Lincoln
For a less damaging approach (without the specialist tools) a Stanley knife blade works well to get them started, then switch to a screwdriver when there's a big enough gap - work on each side a little at a time to prevent binding.

Be careful though as slipping with one of those can lead to messy paintwork (though the blood does usually wash off!) - also expect blade breakage if you twist it in there at all.

This is the method I used to get the race off my RockShox Darts.


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:03 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Ok cool...starting wonder if my dream retro pace forks are worth it, just rebuilt the rock shox and they're fine now..pace do feel silky smooth though!

Also I noted there is no slot in the steerer tube to take the lock washer is this normal?


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:38 pm 
retrobike rider
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Elysarian wrote:
For a less damaging approach (without the specialist tools) a Stanley knife blade works well to get them started, then switch to a screwdriver when there's a big enough gap - work on each side a little at a time to prevent binding.

Be careful though as slipping with one of those can lead to messy paintwork (though the blood does usually wash off!) - also expect blade breakage if you twist it in there at all.

This is the method I used to get the race off my RockShox Darts.



I have to admit this sounds better than my method!


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:32 am 
Old School Grand Master
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an old table knife works well too.......got to be thin with a strong back edge to tap with hammer


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:06 am 
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Have to admit I just up end the fork, stand the steerer on a piece of wood, then tap the race off from the bottom with a hammer and screwdriver...

...then I cut a slot in the little f*cker with a fine-tooth hacksaw so I don't have that problem again!

Split crown races rule 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:29 pm 
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I use a wide tipped punch and work around the crown. Gentle taps and the race tends to move without damage. If not I take it down the lbs who'll do it whilst I wait.


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 Post subject: Re: Lower crown race
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:57 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Yes you need to put the crown race from your Rockshox over the crown race collar on the Pace forks.

The lower crown race will come off, it may be quite stubborn though. Any of the methods above will work, or take it to a bike shop who should have the proper tools to remove it without risking any damage, and should only be a 5minute job.
Just persevere with it, it's not a difficult task, and the reward at the end of it will be a pair of Pace forks on your bike :D


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