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 Post subject: Fitting a headset
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:55 pm 
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I need to fit (or have fitted) a headset. Just been looking up "headset tools" on eBay and I notice one or two people selling what looks like a bolt with washers and nuts. Am I right in thinking that all I need is a way of pressing the cups into the frame? In which case can I use a length of threaded rod with some washers and bolts, and tighten them up gradually thus pressing the cups in?

Grateful for an idea of how everyone else goes about it.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:02 am 
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BITD (70's) we used a spare bit of tube to locate (smack) the ring on the top of the forks, if it was loose then a centre punch helped to raise a bit of metal on the top of the forks.... another headset ring was used on tot to prevent impact damage LOL

The other headset components were seated with persuasion from a piece of wood and a drift / hammer :)

Even used the technique for alloy EDCO sets :)

However, I think the headset tools might be a bit more sane :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:43 am 
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I've banged many headsets in à la Shaun, and with a threaded bolt as you suggest. Both work OK. I've now invested in a swanky headset tool and haven't yet had a chance to use it! Will do soon, though.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:48 am 
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Try this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLrde8nyGyc


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:01 am 
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Mallet & a wood block.
Why spend money on a tool you'll only use once?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:42 am 
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DIY tool definitely the way to go for this. Only a press fit as you say.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:54 am 
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Hammer and bit of wood to get the cups in, tapping around. Hammer and old seatpost for knocking the cups out, again tapping around the circumference. An I've always used a screwdriver and a hammer for the fork crown race.
I've done a few now and not broken any yet..


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:14 am 
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Some Guy wrote:
I've done a few now and not broken any yet..

Famous last words :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:57 pm 
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Many thanks to all - think I'll have a go at it myself. The Youtube video was useful (cheers) and it's good to know that with some threaded rod, a mallet and some bits of wood in my garage I have all the tools I need!

The frame in question is a 1980 Colnago Super. Rest assured the mallet won't be used for anything else once I've done this...


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Go easy.


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