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Threaded Steerer Tube Cut Short BUT Engages Locknut

Old 10-05-13, 05:05 PM
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Threaded Steerer Tube Cut Short BUT Engages Locknut

Hey guys,

I have a quick question. I was replacing a fork at my co-op in a hurry because I need the bike to run deliveries the next day and they were kicking me out at closing.

I cut the threaded steerer tube too short (my 3rd fork installation, 1st mistake =/). I have an Origin8 Pro 1" Threaded Headset. I cut it so that it does thread all the way through the adjustable race, the washer, and yes even engages the locknut. HOWEVER, it only threads.. maybe 3? 4? threads onto the locknut. Like we're talking a few full rotations. Anyway I adjusted & locked it up in that condition and took it home. As far as I know, the locknut only makes sure that the adjustable race doesn't loosen up. I would say there's enough threading to ensure that? Should I leave it as is? Should I remove the washer to engage a little more? Am I in any risk?

I know that if i want to "fix" it, I can get another new Sunlite fork for $27 or a Tange Levin headset since it has a shorter stack (but isn't sealed cartridge bearing) for $19.

However, if you guys think it's safe I'd really like to put off either one of those options for a while so as to save some money =/.

Thank you in advance!!!
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If you can really get 3 to 4 full thread rotations to engage the locknut, you should be fine.
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The adjustable race does all the work, and as you said, the locknut stops it from loosening, so you should be ok. You could look for a thinner washer, but don't worry too much.
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Leave it as is for now, and just be careful about over tightening the lock nut. It'll hold with 3 threads, but the risk of stripping while working it is higher. If the headset loosens, and the washer isn't keyed anyway, dump that next to get more engagement so you'll be more confident about tightening it more.

If hat still doesn't hold, you can back it up with a bit of locktite or similar.
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Wow I did not expect replys so quickly and so consistent! =) Thank you guys so much! I appreciate it! I'll keep it as is, and keep an eye out for play & condition of the locknut. Like you guys said, if there's play I'll ditch the washer (maybe add loctite). If it strips, the adjustable race should hold (at least in terms of crashing) and then I'd just prolly get a Tange Levin. Thanks a bunch!!!
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