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Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
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another way is to use a screwdriver you don't care about and use it as a nail driver of sorts to tap the crown race in.
It's easier to screw up and crack the crown race with this method, however.
For myself, I've found the steel casing of a broken floor pump mated perfectly with a worn out headset cup and this allows me to tap the crown race in very easily and without worry of cracking it. Unfortunately, it only works on 1" steerers.
for carbon forks, I would recommend you just let the shop take care of it with proper tools.