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    Headset questions

    I was just wondering if it's really necessary to use the $20 park tool to remove the fork race. Also can you press the headset with any "ghetto" way like using a vice or by tightening the starnut.



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    There are ghetto ways to do a headset. It involves a piece of all thread a couple of nuts and a bunch of washers. The vice idea isn't a good one though.

    For the fork crace you can use a screwdriver or a punch along with a hammer.

    Do a search, there was a good thread on this a couple of weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    There are ghetto ways to do a headset. It involves a piece of all thread a couple of nuts and a bunch of washers. The vice idea isn't a good one though.

    For the fork crace you can use a screwdriver or a punch along with a hammer.

    Do a search, there was a good thread on this a couple of weeks ago.
    My new favorite headset tool is called a bearing splitter. Tool King sells them for $4.95 and it removes the race slicker than anything I've ever used.

    The fork race removal tool from Park cost a whole lot more than $25 unless they are making a cheap one. If you are talking about the cup removal tool, well it's up to you. You can spend $25 and get a tool that works every time or you can use a screwdriver or a drift punch and risk damage to the frame which, last time I checked cost a lot more then $25
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    LoL jiii!m you had like 7 topics of this

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    My new favorite headset tool is called a bearing splitter. Tool King sells them for $4.95 and it removes the race slicker than anything I've ever used.

    The fork race removal tool from Park cost a whole lot more than $25 unless they are making a cheap one. If you are talking about the cup removal tool, well it's up to you. You can spend $25 and get a tool that works every time or you can use a screwdriver or a drift punch and risk damage to the frame which, last time I checked cost a lot more then $25
    I've got to ask....how can you damage a frame removing the crown race off of the fork?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    I've got to ask....how can you damage a frame removing the crown race off of the fork?
    I don't think he's trying to remove the crown race but is trying to remove the headset from the frame which is where someone with a ham hand and a long punch could...not necessarily would, but could...do some damage. I'm assuming the headset since he was asking about a $25 tool when the Park crown race remover is more like $125...unless he's getting whale of a deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    I don't think he's trying to remove the crown race but is trying to remove the headset from the frame which is where someone with a ham hand and a long punch could...not necessarily would, but could...do some damage. I'm assuming the headset since he was asking about a $25 tool when the Park crown race remover is more like $125...unless he's getting whale of a deal
    Okay, I can see damaging the frame that way. I was just answering the questions he posted, didn't really take it any further than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    LoL jiii!m you had like 7 topics of this
    LoL... it was an accident! I swear!


    Also I was just really wanted to ask about the fork race because I'm switching fork and the headset came loose on me and seem to be needed to be pressed and that it why I asked if there's any "ghetto" way to do so. Actually on JensonUSA, the fork race setter is $70 . My real question is that if you can just take the fork race off w/o buying tools because the fork race I currently have wasn't on very tight, so I just took it off with my hands and it seem to be fine.

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