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Old 03-06-06, 09:13 AM
Pete Hamer
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I'll take the fork off if the bike has a cartridge bearing headset or if the customer is paying for a headset overhaul already. If I take a cup and cone headset apart I always overhaul it, it's something I made mandatory at my shop. I prefer to work on forks off the bike because I find it to be easier, especially if you have to turn the fork upside down with the lowers on to add oil. I can do the same high quality job with the fork on the bike so I don't think it's mandatory to reomve the fork. Cleaning and inspecting the stanchions can be done with the fork on, I use the Park Tool bar holder to keep everything from moving around. It would be nice if evryone removed their fork to ring them in for service.
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