Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Hodgepodge 26er Rigid
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Adam, your headset is not a Fox Talus RL. That would be your fork.
Is your bike a full-suspension, FSR Stumpjumper Elite? I looked that model up on Specialized's webisite. The specs say "Campy style cartridge bearings for integrated alloy HT", suggesting that you have a no-name, generic headset of some sort. Nothing wrong w/that, but I wouldn't know where to find instructions for it.
You might though, find the exploded diagram on the following, Cane Creek page to be helpful:
I run Cane Creek S-3 headsets on several of my bikes. The S-3 has a thin, metal shim called a "shim seal". It sits immediately above the compression ring. In my case, working down from the top, I have: top-cap, spacers, top-cover, shim seal, compression ring, bearing.
Bear in mind that what is true for a Cane Creek headset may not be true for what you have. But if I had to hazard a guess, I would put your thin, metal shim on top of the compression ring.
p.s. I recall reading somewhere that the purpose of that metal shim is to allow for some margin for error in the facing of headtubes.
Last edited by JonathanGennick; 10-17-09 at 12:10 PM.