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Old 01-22-07, 12:29 PM   #1
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i need to press a crown race on a fork i have, i don't want to buy a specific tool so what can i use intead??
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Old 01-22-07, 12:40 PM   #2
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you mean besides a hammer and a 2x4?

a large bolt, two large nuts, two large washers.

or if you're feeling fancy, you can make a hardware store trip out of it:

http://www.mindspring.com/~d.g1/headset.html
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For a fork race I use a piece of PVC pipe and tap the race on. The PVC won't damage the race.
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+1. Then you can resurface the PVC for the next crown race.
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Old 01-22-07, 05:05 PM   #5
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you mean besides a hammer and a 2x4?

a large bolt, two large nuts, two large washers.

or if you're feeling fancy, you can make a hardware store trip out of it:

http://www.mindspring.com/~d.g1/headset.html
i'm not sure how this will press the race onto a fork...
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i'm not sure how this will press the race onto a fork...
you are absolutely correct. i didn't read very carefully, sorry op.
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Old 01-22-07, 05:39 PM   #7
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pvc or copper pipe

I use a punch but I am also very careful and I am also a metal worker type guy
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Old 01-22-07, 07:34 PM   #8
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its hard to find a peice of pipe thats a tad bit bigger than the 1" steerer tube on the fork.
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Old 01-22-07, 07:51 PM   #9
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not really just bring the race in and match it up
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I think I use a 1 3/4" or similar.
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it might be smaller than 1 3/4", pipe is measured from the inside. there's definitely a size that works perfectly with 1" forks. I have a chunk at my parents'.
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it might be smaller than 1 3/4", pipe is measured from the inside. there's definitely a size that works perfectly with 1" forks. I have a chunk at my parents'.
what kinda pipe is that ? gas pipe or what?
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I used standard white PVC pipe, about 2 feet of it. Also handy as a cheater bar.
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its hard to find a peice of pipe thats a tad bit bigger than the 1" steerer tube on the fork.
Two words: headset spacer. The way I look at it, there's a reason why the kit I bought had a 1" tall spacer I'll never use.
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