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What model Campagnolo headset and does it need a lock washer

Old 05-01-12, 09:41 AM
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What model Campagnolo headset and does it need a lock washer

I was cleaning my stash of headsets over the weekend and could not identify this one on the Velobase site (nor so far in the Campagnolo Spare Parts catalogues). I don't see any model with the rubber surrounds on all the races.

I can't believe it is that obscure. Can anyone advise as to model and era?

otherwise, as I am actually installing it, can anyone tell me if it requires a lock washer between the upper race and the locking nut?

I am not HS expert but my reading suggests that a lock washer is required to keep things tight.
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That's a variant or descendant of the C-Record from late 1980s. Yes, it should have a lock washer, but it will work without one. Just tighten the locknut against the cup.
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A keyed washer isn't needed, but if you have enough threads to get a good bite for the locknut, they're never a bad idea.

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IME, a threaded headset without a keyed washer will keep coming loose. Maybe there's something different going on with these old Campy ones?
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A 2 nut headset , if you use 2 headset wrenches , can be gotten sufficiently tight.

A washer between the 2 , maybe one with and 1 without the key.
as they often just rotate out of the keyway in the fork,
particularly the aluminum spacer washers.

I came to prefer steel top nuts just so I did not concern myself with stripping it
as I was trying to make the adjustment lock in-place ..
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That is an early 90's Record, you can probably use it without washer.
They were very nicely made, if you use a washer, it will be hidden. Under the rubber band are some to lubricate the bearings.
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If there's a recessed spot or raised lip for the tabbed washer, so the tab can't pop out of the slot and start mashing threads, definitely use one.

If there's nothing to hold the tab hard in the slot, file the tab off or use a plain washer, or risk trashing the threads, which will make the cup a loose fit on the steerer when you unthread it past the carnage.

Decent headsets are made with this in mind.

BTW, IMO those huge Campy headsets are fugly as sin. What's wrong with making them pretty, and not using half an ingot's worth of ally, I wonder?

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