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Old 07-28-05, 07:23 AM   #1
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Headset troubles

Hello

I'm having trouble removing the fork on my 2001 Enduro. It has an Aheadset threadless headset that uses a circular plastic shim to hold the top bearing cover on. The problem is that little plastic shim has jammed in there so tightly that it won't come out. I spent half an hour trying just about everything to pry it out. I've removed it before with no problems, but I've since had to crank down the tension to prevent creaks and I think that may have really compressed the shim.

Any ideas on removing this uncooperative shim? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-28-05, 07:43 AM   #2
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Depending on whether or not you are willing to risk bearing damage (or losing them if they are not a bearing-retainer type), simply hit the fork crown or top of the steerer tube (relatively gently) with a rubber mallet. The fork should drop out.

PS - If you need to crank down the cap THAT tight, chances are your bearings are shot anyway.
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Old 07-28-05, 11:01 AM   #3
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I hear you on trying to get that little plastic ring out. I have VP AheadSet, 1" threadless and that sucker is in way tight. I don't want to break the plastic to get it out, but can't figure out what is the right way. My bearings seem to be going, popped the fork right out, but cant get the plastic ring off to inspect bearings and races. Probably something simple that I'm not doing. Suggestions?
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