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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:40 am 
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I've got a Flash Carbon frame. After buggering up the forks last time I attempted to install them (I followed the instructions on a Youtube video) by twattering them with a rubber mallet underneath. Is there a better way to do it? I'm getting them serviced and a new Air Cylinder installed and don't want to have to service them again.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:26 am 
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*IF* you need to tw*t the underside of the fork to seat the lower bearing, then you *MIGHT* be able to put a headset spacer over the air valve so that the rubber mallet doesn't come into contact with it.

Notice the words IF and MIGHT ;)

Are the forks being delivered back to my address? I can't remember what you said now :oops:

Either way, I'll pop over when they're back and we'll work it out. I feel that beer might help the decision making process.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:27 am 
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Forks are coming back to me.
And yes I think Beer maybe a help. I hope. I know there will need to be some standing around, chin scratching and umming and ahhing involved


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:31 am 
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From memory.....
Line the fork up with the wheel in place, bike on floor, hit the top bearing down over using a sleeve/wood and mallet


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:35 am 
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I've had a couple on answers. ThaT one I was told by Thumbprint tuning. But Tftuned said they do it by putting the stem tightish and tapping underneath the stem. I think the thumbprint method may be used.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:25 pm 
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As P20. I used the stem as a sleeve and used a rubber mallet.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:39 pm 
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I had a mere getting my fatty's back in used the rubber mallet and a block of wood wrapped up to protect the air valve.

Did have a right dab on as well.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:24 am 
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I sorted it quite easily afterwards. I put the stem on upside down didn't tighten it up and tapped it round in circles. It was fine went in easily and no damage at all :)


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