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Old 08-28-05, 02:52 PM
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is my new headset dead? (please say no)

i just had a new race face deus headset installed on my trek mtb. it seemed ok initially, and then after about a week i noticed that it seemed loose. so when i went to tighten the top bolt i found that the bolt was stripped! i couldn't tighten it, but i could loosen it (by hand) and take off the stem cap...and then i discovered that the star nut was completely bent and almost broken inside the steerer tube! and then a little nut fell to the ground and i'm assuming it fell out of the bottom of my head tube??

what gives?

now, the bolt is out and the star nut is eff's up but everything seems to still be tight...what the heck do i do? can i still ride it?

thanks in advance....
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Old 08-28-05, 02:58 PM
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I duno how you ae adjusting it without a proper starnut in it. I'd take it back to whoever installed it. If you don't know what you are doing when it comes to HS and stems, you could be risking injury or death...Lawyers require that last part.
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Old 08-28-05, 03:02 PM
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no, the starnut is in there...its just all bent and stripped...
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Old 08-28-05, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by islenska
no, the starnut is in there...its just all bent and stripped...
Can you ride it? Not a good idea. Really. Sure, the stem clamp bolts are what really hold the headset adjustment, but not using the top cap is just not a good idea (that's how you can ruin the headset). Any proper headset adjustment calls for the topcap to set the correct tension on the headset bearings.

Is your headset toast? Probably not, but whoever installed the headset should take responsibility for this (your LBS?). It would seem that the job was botched, or accomplished by carpet smoking nose pickers, as sydney would say.

What to do? The standard procedure for a ruined star nut is to drive it further into the steerer tube and get it out of the way, and then install a new star nut and do your headset adjustment. If your LBS did the work, I'd go back to them and explain what happenned and ask them to fix it.

Alternatively, if you feel the need to get the old starnut out you can drill it out by using larger and larger drill bits until all of the legs get disconnected from the middle of the star. The big problem with doing this is that you must be meticulous about cleaning up all of the metal bits before reassembling the whole thing. One little metal bit or filing in a bearing will kill it - end of story.

Good luck with your fix ;-)

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