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Headset spacer as a shim washer?

Old 02-27-10, 11:53 AM
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Headset spacer as a shim washer?

hey guys, need more headset help!

i got a new headset for my T1, but i noticed that i still had this weird fork-seizing problem as soon as i put everything together. basically the fork no longer moved in the headtube except with great effort. everything was smooth when i just put the bearings and fork in, so i figured out it was because the upper cover was too pressed down and was pressing against the top of the head tube. i put in as many shim washers as the headset came with (3) but it still had the same problem. so i ended up putting one of the spacers underneath the upper cover, but i have no idea if this is safe. the fork spins nice and smooth now, but it's also fugly and i'm not sure if it's functional (the bearing is slightly exposed). is it safe to ride on this for now or should i wait until i can get some more washers?

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Old 02-27-10, 12:16 PM
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are you missing the compression wedge?
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nope. it's in there pretty nicely. you can sort of see the top edge of it in the photo.
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Old 02-27-10, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cleanupinaisle3 View Post
nope. it's in there pretty nicely. you can sort of see the top edge of it in the photo.
You need a couple of more thin top cap spacers to space out the top cap from the top of the headtube. Assuming you've assembled the stack correctly. You're probably in no immediate danger if you're stem bolts are up to spec.
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