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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:03 pm 
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Location: High on a hill above the Somerset Levels...
Trying to fit what I thought was a standard SFN to an alloy Indy S steerer - is internal diameter different or sumat, it won't go in...

(I have had 2 pints of Stella though...)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:53 pm 
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I also had the same problem with a thickwall ally steerer,In the end I carefully ground some metal off the spring steel tangs,,worked a treat,,just don't take too much off at first,keep checking as you grind the metal away.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:55 pm 
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Try a hed (think that's how they spell it) doctor instead?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:57 pm 
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Neil wrote:
Try a hed (think that's how they spell it) doctor instead?


You mean, like the one I sold a few weeks ago.... :facepalm:

Think grinding is best bet, never a straight forward quick little job, is it??

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:31 pm 
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Buy a SFN for the next size headset down (probably 1")

Or... I managed to get a SFN into an alloy steerer... you just need to be persistent, and use some kind of guide to get it in straight. I used a pin punch with the thin section through the centre of the nut, and it went in perfectly


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:35 pm 
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...you've just given me an idea...have old set of 1" ahead forks here, perhaps I could knock the SFN out of them and try it before going the 'back to LBS' route...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:41 pm 
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Go to the cupboard and get a bigger hammer!!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:45 pm 
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Neil wrote:
Try a hed (think that's how they spell it) doctor instead?


That's what I used (second hand from here) :

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WD :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:52 pm 
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...think I saw one of those in my Dad's 'box of bits'...

Or bloody big hammer it is!! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:45 pm 
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1" aluminium steerers are generally 19mm internal diameter.
Halfords sell 1" SFN's.


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