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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I've read the recommendation to thread in the bottom bracket cups/bearings and then attempt to fit the crank spindle through them. If the spindle slips through bot beraings with no drag or force, your bb shell is good. If there is any mis-alignment, have it faced. This should work with any one piece spindle like Shimano, FSA, etc.
This won't work with Campy UT cranks as both halves of the spindle go in separately and you can't get a good fix on alignment.