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Old 02-28-06, 11:07 AM   #1
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Headset HELP

(GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc 2004) My headset felt a bit heavy well gritty so i thought I will take it apart an clean and re-lube the hole which i did, I'm pretty sure i put it all back together properly well 99.9% sure but the problem is now its really heavy the stering I don't mean heavy I mean like really heavy and I don't no what has caused this can some1 give me some help please should I go out and ride it so it will al fall back into place properly HELP HELP HELP
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Old 02-28-06, 11:16 AM   #2
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Without seeing your bike my guess is that you have one or both of your bearings installed upside down. That's pretty common.
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well on the bottom bearing the little ball things are facing up with the metal flat bit facinf down towards the floor an oppisite on the top one
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well on the bottom bearing the little ball things are facing up with the metal flat bit facinf down towards the floor an oppisite on the top one
That sounds right. What method did you use to adjust the bearings once you had it all back together?
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have you ever used a computer before? you should really look at your posts before posting them. (spellcheck)
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You're not fluent in AOLese? I literally cracked up when I read his first post.
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Tightend it all up the same way i un tighted it with a allen key, it was only the one screw that conected it all.
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Tightend it all up the same way i un tighted it with a allen key, it was only the one screw that conected it all.
That allen bolt is the method for adjusting the headset so it's just tight enough to not wiggle back and forth, but not so tight as to have any friction. Did you just crank that sucker down till it was "tight", like you would any other bolt?
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yeah I did think so
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Check out this link: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=65 The first picture in the main part of that page shows a picture of what I think (from your description of the allen bolt on top) is your type of headset (threadless). If that looks like your setup, scroll down to the section on "Headset Adjustment - Threadless Type" and follow those directions step by step.
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I've just Loosened it but it hasnt done much. What should I be able to see move as I am lookin down on the handlebars as i can see all the spacer's ect moving as I move the handle bars.
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I've just Loosened it but it hasnt done much. What should I be able to see move as I am lookin down on the handlebars as i can see all the spacer's ect moving as I move the handle bars.
Are the allen bolts at the back of the stem loose? They need to be so that you can make the headset adjustment. Just go through those directions step by step and you'll be fine.
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