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Old 10-16-05, 01:09 PM
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removing my forks

i have just got some new forks, when i can to remove my old ones (mz comps) they dont seem to budge. i have taken off the skrew at the top and taken off the handle bars and stem. now infront of me is a small circle ring sitting just above the top of the frame and attached to the forks. ithink io need to get this off so that my forks can slide out. but it does not seem to bugde. does anybody know how i can get this ring off, or at least what it is called so i can look it up on the internet.
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Old 10-16-05, 02:39 PM
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The fork should just come off... the ring is usually a split ring or fits loosely. Forks often need a little persuasion with a rubber mallet.
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Old 10-16-05, 02:39 PM
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That's the headset you're looking at, and indeed some searches (or Park Tool's website) should tell you how to get it off. (I've never done it so I can't offer any advice). That should be the last step to getting your fork off.
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Old 10-16-05, 07:16 PM
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Give it a tap with a hammer from the top, after it gives a little, tap it from underneath, that should free the lock ring.
Pull the ring off and the fork should fall out freely.
If you keep hitting from the top your continuously putting pressure on the lock ring.

If you don't have a rubber mallet, use a piece of 2x4 & a regular hammer.
It shouldn't take a lot wacking with a hammer to free the fork.
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Old 10-17-05, 01:30 AM
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Yeah, just a little tap. Don't lose all those rings, they're part of your headset. Speaking of which, you'll probably need to install the bearing race (the ring the bearings slide around on) on the new fork. Unless you are very confident of your skills, you should probably have your LBS do that part for you. I've done it with a screwdriver, but that's very far from ideal.
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Old 10-17-05, 01:37 AM
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The advice I see here applies to threadless headsets. Yours sounds like a threadless headset, but is it possible that you're trying to remove a threaded headset? Some older mtn bikes use these. If it is threaded (the ring you're looking at has 6 sides for a big wrench) you'll need to unscrew it. Just a thought.
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