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Old 05-11-14, 12:39 PM
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Removing the handlebar spaces without removing the stem

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Is there anyway I can remove the spacers from a handlebar stem without undoing the bolts holding the stem to the tube. I was thinking undoing the top cap would allow me to pull the whole tube out and then slide the spaces off the bottom?

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Yup, kind'a. Removing the top cap and sliding the whole stem off is the only way to do it. That's the easy part.

Then, unless you're up to cutting your steerer tube, reinstall the spacers that you've removed on top of your stem. Finally, you have to reset the preload on your headset. Tighten the top cap until 1. your handlebar will rotate freely from side-to-side with no stiction and 2. you can't feel any movement when you rock your bike forward with the front brake applied. Snug down the stem clamping bolts and you're good-to-go.
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Originally Posted by Ali89
Hi,

Is there anyway I can remove the spacers from a handlebar stem without undoing the bolts holding the stem to the tube. I was thinking undoing the top cap would allow me to pull the whole tube out and then slide the spaces off the bottom?

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Only if the spacers are on the top of the stem. If they are under, you have to remove the stem. The top cap applies preload, and holds the spacers on top of the stem, the stem holds the whole blasted lot together.
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Originally Posted by Ali89
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Is there anyway I can remove the spacers from a handlebar stem without undoing the bolts holding the stem to the tube. I was thinking undoing the top cap would allow me to pull the whole tube out and then slide the spaces off the bottom?

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no, why? are the stem bolts stripped or something preventing removal?
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