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Old 03-09-08, 12:19 AM   #1
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Problems adjusting self installed 1-1/8" threadless headset

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I'm having a little bit of trouble. I installed my IRD Tange 1-1/8" thread less headset cups about a week ago on a build I'm doing (brand new frame). I did it myself with the washer bolt method. Now I'm putting my fork on, and everything fits fine, but when I try and adjust the tension in the top with the star nut and bolt I have a problem( I should add I had the LBS install my star nut for me to make sure it's straight). I can't seem to find a happy medium, the fork is either too loose and I have play, or it's too tight and the headset seems to have pinching. I can't really see any gap in between the cups and the head tube, but there might be a minute one if any. What kind of troubleshooting should I do? I was thinking that I maybe should put the home made headset tool back on and try and make it a bit tighter to see if I can't get rid of any gap if there is any, but I wanted to ask to make sure first.
I appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks
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Old 03-09-08, 12:31 AM   #2
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If you can see a gap large enough to slip a piece of paper into, you'll need to press again. Did you have the headtube faced?
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Old 03-09-08, 12:35 AM   #3
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Okay. I'll give it another shot. The headtube was fresh and clean so I don't think that's the problem. looking at it now I think I definitely see a gap. Thanks
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sounds to me like you have the bearings in the retainer upside down.
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The two faces of the head tube might not be paralell to each other. This was the case one one of a friends bikes. Had them sufraced and perfect fit.
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