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How does one safely tighten a headset with very small flats without messing it up wit

Old 01-26-18, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jethin View Post
I just repacked one of these recently. I had to adjust it pretty tight to remove play. It spins smoothly but has some drag — does that sound about right? Also, can anyone confirm that the bearings are properly aligned with the cones (if you just slid them on) in this pic? Just checking...

I did notice that there might be just a little bit more drag on the Chorus headset bearings as test fitted on the bike, compared with all my other headsets (except for the Stronglight Spidel B10 I had on my Gitane...since replaced with an A9). Hoping that when I finally grease it up and get the locknut, it will be glass smooth, like most other Campy components.....
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Old 01-27-18, 08:08 AM
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Thanks @dddd and @Chombi1. There is quite a bit of drag in mine, which got me worrying about my install/adjustment. But it is smooth.

Iím impatient and used Park wrenches on mine. They did cause some scratching.
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How about an irwin quick clamp, at least 12"? The jaws are lined with plastic.
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wrenches

Campy HS combo BB tools or Park Tools. Put ducktape on both sides would help minimize the blemishes.
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The nice thing about Campagnolo (at least vintage ones) wrenches is that the edges of the jaws are eased just a bit, and I think that helps minimize marring. Can't say that about laser-cut stuff from Park et al.
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Lots of discussion on this subject: who knew? But DDDD certainly has the lion's share of real-world wrenching experience so I trust his advice...
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I would use Locktite Blue on the CLEAN threads of just the lock-nut(s)and steerer top and grease on everything else threaded if this was MY HS problem
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I'm thinking now that maybe Plastidip could work on the wrench jaws, as long as it is not too thick. One could just periodically peel off and restore the coating if it starts to wear from use....
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That stuff is really tough, Plasti Dip will hold up in this application for a while. I had wondered about thickness of the coating after I posted, maybe their site has some information on controlling thickness in the application process.

They have a product that might be the ticket, Plasti Tape Plasti Tape

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This is the answer. Knipex is super useful for bike work.

Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
Consider a Knipex adjustable wrench. Expensive but top quality - no slop in the mechanism and absolutely parallel jaws. Good leverage for a tight grip. Consider adding copper or aluminum liners, or even hardwood, liners to further reduce the chance of maring the nut.
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