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Old 05-19-15, 07:16 AM
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Headset Tool?

Anyone know what kind of headset tool to use on this 1987 Shogun?


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Old 05-19-15, 07:35 AM
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You can find the special tool, or you can just carefully use a standard headset wrench. It's the same size across the outside of those scallops.
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Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
You can find the special tool, or you can just carefully use a standard headset wrench. It's the same size across the outside of those scallops.
I gues that's what I'm asking, is for identification of the "special tool."
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Headset wrench

Shimano 600 wrench set {2**
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I use a big crescent wrench
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From velobase: TL-HP01


While I didn't see the original on ebay in the US, someone had made repros @ ~$36 incl shipping, or you could buy from overseas and wait.

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Ideally, you want tthe Shimano headset wrench for Dura-Ace and 600 headsets, but a standard headset wrench will also work, if used with care:



The scalloped Shimano tool was created to minimize the risk of damage to the soft aluminum cups of the Dura-Ace and 600 headsets.
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post


Thanks! I have a few of these and that does look like a good enough fit that you could get the headset snugged up well enough without marring things.
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One secret for getting alloy or steel headset locknuts reliably tight without too much deformation is to re-position the wrench several times, which flexes and creeps the locknut to full tightness using lower levels of torque.

And also, do like miamijim, use a nice Crescent wrench that is fully tightened onto the flats, for less trauma to the corners of the locknut.

Another also..., if one holds the handlebar from turning, as by butting one brake lever into their hip region, the narrow flats on the adjustable cup won't need so much wrench force to resist turning while the locknut is tightened onto it. It's sort of a toss-up or compromise as to sparing the cup's wrench flats while sparing the steerer locating tang on the washer.
...and always lubricate the washer surfaces and all threads!

Shimano standards are nothing if not thorough, eh?

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I bought a set of the cheaper ebay ones and they have worked fine. I have several bikes with these headsets though so it was worth it to me.
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