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Old 06-10-05, 06:18 PM
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Installed new fork, but everything is Loose

Hey all, installed new fork, but stuff is loose, like, the little rings you need to pry off in order to take the old fork off wont re tighten, do i need to smack them with a hmamer? or whats the deal?
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Old 06-10-05, 06:32 PM
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Well.... First, more information. What kind of fork? What size? "The rings you have to pry off..." You shouldn't much have to "pry" anything. Are you talking about the bearing seats for the headset?
What kind of headset are you using, and what size?
Installation for older threaded forks and headsets is quite different than the more modern "aheadset" type.
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Before you smack anything......best if you took it to your LBS and have them take a look...
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I don't know about the hammer, I've never used one on the headset. Theres a tool more like a 2" pipe, and it smacks it all at once. Less chance of damage. Did you check Sheldon's website?
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Old 06-10-05, 07:36 PM
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aaaaaaaaaaaaah its a manitou shock set "answer" 1.25" pipe

um theres this ring and i think its the bearing cover .... ill takee pics in the morning.
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Old 06-10-05, 08:48 PM
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http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/...readless.shtml
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guys do i need those specialty toools to do that kinda stuff?
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You don't need them all, though they help.

If you are replacing the fork, but not the headset, then you can leave the bearing cups in the frame instead of removing them. You'll need to remove the crown race from the old fork, and put it onto the new fork. Removal can be touchy, but gentle tapping all around the bottom of the race with a punch and hammer can ease it off. But remember that EASEing it off is key. You can press it onto the new fork in a similar manner, or by using a piece of pipe that will just barely slide over the steer tube and allow you to use a hammer to lightly tap the race into place on the new fork.

Other than that you'll need a way to set the star-fangled nut in the new fork after it has been cut to length. You can get away with threading a bolt through the nut, and then using the bolt to tap the nut down into the fork with a hammer, though that is touchy business, and you might mess your first one up. When in doubt, have the LBS do it.

And finally, read read read the park instructions and whatever other instructions you can find, and if you don't understand what is going on, take it to the shop. It'll be cheaper to have them do it right than to have them fix what you broke and then do it right. If you are new to mechanic'in, a fork isn't where you want to start.

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