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 Post subject: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:18 am 
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I have a lovely condition pair of Manitou Sx Ti's but the steerer is way too short to be of any use to me.

The manuals all say the steerer is not replaceable but I'm loathe to right off a nice pair of forks without trying something.

Anyone ever tried to remove the steerer on these forks? I'm presuming they are press fit only and a mate has access to a hydraulic press at work so I may be able to try that route?


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:27 pm 
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theres a big difference between writing off by squashing them in a press vs passing along/swapping selling for something that suits your needs. Does the need to experiment with a press outweigh the possible resale value in your eyes?


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:01 pm 
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They have no resale value the steerer is about 3 inches long so they are useless unless the steerer will come out.

I'm not all excited about playing with a press just wondering if anyone knows if its possible to remove them.


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:42 pm 
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I guess the simplest solution is to buy a cheap pair of tidy SX and swap the crown / leg assembly over - cost around £50.

I bet it's fairly easily doable to fit a new steerer with a fly press, frozen Marzocchi steerer and warmed crown.


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:28 pm 
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I once cut a pressed in steerer out of a crown, just to see how it 'works' and, they are well in there, sort of splined. I doubt heat or cold would be of assistance either.

I would hold on 'til you find something else. A full upper assembly transplant would be possible, but pointless as you would have what you needed by that point, unless the donor fork had really knackered lower legs. Without the correct tools it's a devils own job too.


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:21 am 
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I've had the steerer replaced on a couple of sets of forks. I've no idea how it was done, but it was and i had no issues with them. A member on here did it for me for a fee, so its possible. Mine were judys if that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Right I thought I would update this thread in case anyone is looking for a similar answer in the future.

I eventually found changing the steerer was very simple indeed, all it involved was a fairly bad day at work, a foul temper and a lump hammer, 2 minutes later the old steerer popped out and the new one was greased up and knocked back in.

Manitou Sx Ti's are now fitted to my Tequesta and looking very nice indeed :D


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:37 pm 
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chrisv40 wrote:
I eventually found changing the steerer was very simple indeed, all it involved was a fairly bad day at work, a foul temper and a lump hammer, 2 minutes later the old steerer popped out and the new one was greased up and knocked back in.


Well done! :D

As someone who regularly uses presses/lump hammers to assemble/disassemble bits of British motorbike, the fears and mysteries people attach to steerer replacement has always puzzled me. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:01 pm 
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Out of interest were did the replacement steerer come from?


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 Post subject: Re: Manitou SX Steerer
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:00 pm 
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A very scruffy damaged pair of Sx.


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