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Old 01-19-07, 01:17 PM   #1
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wish i had a headset press

so that I could finish this bike! its just looking at me saying "ride me! ride me!"
bikechurch on sunday is so far away.
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Old 01-19-07, 01:18 PM   #2
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- go to homeless despot and get some threaded rod, large flat washers, and suitable nuts - done!
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Old 01-19-07, 01:22 PM   #3
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find a board
if none is available remove a table leg(soft wood preferably)
place against headset and hit with a mallet.
if no mallet is available just beat the headset with the board.

There is a moderate chance you will get the headset in without ****ing up it or the headtube.
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Old 01-19-07, 01:23 PM   #4
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'ere ya go, mate.
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Old 01-19-07, 01:32 PM   #5
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Just pound the cups in with a hammer and piece of wood scrap. Remember to lubricate!
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Old 01-19-07, 01:33 PM   #6
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cut up some 2x4 wood and use a long bolt. I used the bolt from a Strut/spring compressor.
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Or you could wait until Sunday and we'll press the cups in with a headset press. One thing that sucks about our headset press is that we're missing one of the guidepieces to make sure the forces are equal all the way around the cup. You just have to use your eye to line it up even all the way around the best you can...a little better than a board, though.
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Old 01-19-07, 01:47 PM   #8
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In Lieu of an actual Park tool that is a great solution

DO NOT under ANY circumstances hammer it in
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Old 01-19-07, 02:06 PM   #9
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I'll post this again. Here's my $5 Home Depot headset press:
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Old 01-19-07, 03:07 PM   #10
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Meh, if you can't wait have your lbs do it. Mine charged me $5 cash did a bang up job and it only took a minute. Much better than buying $5 worth of stuff from home depot, then spending several hours wrecking my bike with my own ineptitude.
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Mine charged me $5 cash did a bang up job and it only took a minute. Much better than buying $5 worth of stuff from home depot, then spending several hours wrecking my bike with my own ineptitude.
hmmm.....at $5 per pressing, my $5 Home Depot press has saved me over $150 in labor charges so far...
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Old 01-19-07, 03:27 PM   #12
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man, i just always hit that **** with a hammer and chunk of wood. IM PROFESSIONAL!
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Old 01-19-07, 03:31 PM   #13
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hmmm.....at $5 per pressing, my $5 Home Depot press has saved me over $150 in labor charges so far...
Yeah that's a great way to do it....
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if no mallet is available just beat the headset with the board.
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Old 01-19-07, 04:38 PM   #15
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That's a great solution- i've done it with the threaded-bolt/washer combo, but the bronze bushings look like a much better system.
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Turns out you ARE good for something. I'm gonna make one this weekend!
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Old 01-19-07, 04:56 PM   #17
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Used this multiple times but without the bushings (looks just like Fixer's). Awesome. Do it.
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Old 01-19-07, 06:03 PM   #18
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OK, got the headset cups in, now do you guys have a way to mill down my fork crown race .6 mm since for some reason the one I got is 27.0 instead of 26.4?? Theres always something.
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For that you need a bike shop. There is a specific tool for that. They charged me $5 last time I did this.
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Old 01-19-07, 06:18 PM   #20
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I'll post this again. Here's my $5 Home Depot headset press:
that is pretty good mine was a little more I went for brass bushings stead of washers it is a little easier on the king headset and or normal cups
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you need a jis headset my man or is it french I can never emember oh wait its jis and then there were frenchies
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Old 01-19-07, 07:56 PM   #22
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Hmm you have a point Fixer. If I build many more bikes i will have to get off my ass and learn to do ghetto headset installation. This was a first build and im chicken.
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no point in pressing the headset in all nice if the head tube hasn't been faced...
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is it smart to get a couple of hard rubber washers also, so as not to damage the headset surface?

And how would you determine the size of the bushings... I would guess just take the headset with you to the hardware store... but should they fit snugly or just slightly loose?

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For that you need a bike shop. There is a specific tool for that. They charged me $5 last time I did this.
bench vise + steer tube cutting guide + bastard file
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