NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
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Pressing in the cups is easy to do at home with a home-made press. I use about a 3' piece of "all-thread" I found at one of my construction jobs. I also use a couple of nuts and some BIG washers.
The difficult thing to do is to press the fork race onto the fork steerer tube. You have to find a tube that is slightly bigger than the steerer tube, yet smaller than the bearing race. This should be of a softer material than the hardened steel race to prevent damage.
What actually works pretty well is a piece of 1-1/4" PVC pipe. Get the stronger stuff Schedule 40 vs Schedule 80 (or vice versa, I'm tired!). The important thing is to cut it straight so when you bang it, it contacts the race evenly all the way around.
The other thing is setting the star nut. If you already have one in your steerer tube, then it's a non-issue.
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