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Old 08-07-08, 08:55 PM   #1
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Is my bottom bracket suppose to stick out like this? First time installing..

I am attempting to put together my first track bike. I bought a Spin Doctor tool kit today for $50 from Performance with some grease. I greased up the threads and loaded in the cartridge on the drive side first (reverse threading) and then I put the cap in the left ride (clockwise threading) and tightened both end as much as possible with the bb socket. Is it suppose to stick out like this or do I have the wrong size cartridge? I am afraid to tighten it any more because I already gave it a good tightening. If it is the wrong size shell, is it a problem? Edit: I removed it and tried to rethread it. The BB is 68 and my frame is 68. I noticed that I can only have 1 side flush with the frame. If I tighten the drive side then the cap sticks out. If I tighten in the cap then the drive side sticks out. Thanks



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Old 08-07-08, 09:11 PM   #2
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Ya, you are good. With those type BB's, you tighten the drive side damn tight (to torque spec, of course ;-)))) ) and then the NDS tightens to where it will. It's real purpose is just to center the BB in the frame's BB tube. Just grease it up and make it snug and you are good to go. Don't worry about it sticking out.
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Old 08-07-08, 09:12 PM   #3
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Believe the instructions say drive side tightened first then other side as far as it will go. They have torque specs, but I never use them.(Cascade168 beat me by a minute)
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I just cracked the cap from too much torque. Do I have to buy a whole new bb or can I get the cap separate
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I've heard that's very common and that a LBS should have some that you oughta be able to get cheap.
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I just cracked the cap from too much torque. Do I have to buy a whole new bb or can I get the cap separate
If the NDS cap is not cracked badly, you can probably use it. I.E. If you "just" cracked it while torqueing, then it's probably still good, as long as it will thread smoothly. That cap does not need to be incredibly tight - just nice and snug will do. If it doen't feel right, then maybe a little teflon tape will do the trick. Just one layer of that can make a big difference.
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You can definitely buy it separately, but if it still threads, like the person above said, it'll work. If you opt to buy it, try bikeparts.com.

This is a common problem and you shouldn't worry about making it flush for future reference.
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As far as it bb sticking out, if the 'chain line' is straight, and the pedals spin without hitting the frame, there is no problem. I guess there may be fit issues with the angle your legs make when riding, but that is beyond my low level of wisdom.
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If i were you i would change the cracked cup now... you can use it safely for the life of the bottom bracket, but in two or seven years time when you have to replace it again it's likely to be a whole lot tougher to remove - you may wind up having to chip bits of plastic out to remove it. If you want to take it out now, even if the cup is badly damaged you can just remove the other side first and get the broen one out by hand.


I don't know if the cups are sold separately, but you could buy a whole new identical bb, just use the cup now and keep the rest of it as a spare.
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If the plastic cup is contacting the side of the bb inside the frame without a gap then it is proper no matter how much sticks out. I was going to say do not overighten it but too late.
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I just cracked the cap from too much torque. Do I have to buy a whole new bb or can I get the cap separate
I cracked a plastic NDS cup and just glued it in place, and carefully threaded it in.
I could've ordered one from the LBS for $4, but was impatient and decided to improvise.
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Sometimes it just doesn't go all the way in. Ask your LBS. If they're good, they won't charge you for the old one they have sitting around. I've done it enough that I've been to several LBS' for the cup. I don't go back to the one that charged me.
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Sometimes it just doesn't go all the way in.
I was waiting for the obligatory "that's what she said".

Sorry - Friday afternoon and my brain is mush.
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Ha! Thanks for saying it.
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