Bicycle Mechanics - Can I Tap & die threadless fork to threaded???
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02-22-04, 06:22 PM
I am trying to buy a carbon fork on ebay. I want to buy a threaded fork but most of them are threadless it seems. Could I use a tap and die set to add threads to a threadless fork?
02-22-04, 06:28 PM
Would not be smart, usually carbon forks have carbon steerers.
02-22-04, 07:02 PM
not usually, its about half and half. nonetheless, it wouldn't be smart, at least on the 1 1/8" forks becuase the reason for the 1 1/8" is so that they could be oversized w/ thinner walls and have the same stiffness w/ less weight. so basically, you wouldn't want to do it.
02-22-04, 07:29 PM
The wall thickness is not enough to support threads. Also, most shop dies are cut to chase threads rather than make threads, it would be hard on the die ($50-75 for resharpening. They do not have much lead so are hard to get started as well.
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