We used something very similar at the first shop I worked at. If you turn an old crown race upside down it gives a larger surface to 'tap' on then you don't even really need the copper tube.
Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,
Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape
I just use the 1 x 12 steel pipe. Wouldn't the copper be too soft for whacking a steel crown race into position?
PVC pipe. Does not damage the race. You have to replace it eventually, but if you do you are installing a lot of crown races.
A old upside down junk fork and a couple upside races and and a small mallet work's.
Good approach! I used a steel pipe. It really doesn't take much force to place one. Tap gently! Before installation, measure both ID and OD. Should not be more than .002 interference. Paint will impact the OD on the crown so clean it off. The installer of the Super Record Crown race wherever the it happened failed to clean the paint off resulting in a broken race. The SR race is not as robust as the NR race and are subject to failure upon installation.
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How about a cheap crown race removal tool?
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Harbor Freight may have one for less.
My crown race setter tool is a 1" hole drilled into my wood workbench. I put the race on the fork, and I put the steerer into the hole. Bang on the underside of the fork crown with a mallet. Done.
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