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Old 03-10-14, 10:20 AM   #1
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Quill stem delima

So my Tommasini had a frozen quill stem when I bought it. I had to cut it of to be able to tap it out. I'm looking for a new one. I have a 25.4 bar with a 1"stearer. Here are my three questions

Can I get a 26 and think that if I take out the shim it will clamp down tight enough?

Is there some shim material to build up the bar?

Some say if you have a smooth bar you need a smooth surface inside the bar clamp area and if you have a groved bar the inside of clamp you need to match that with groved.

Please advise
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Old 03-10-14, 10:28 AM   #2
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First of all, yes, it is perfectly possible to shim a bar. You can get official shims of eBay or go ghetto and use a beer can. Or, if you want to keep it classy, the metal capsule of a bottle of wine/finest brandy. I've never heard of the theory that you'd need a grooved bar for a grooved stem, or that mixing and matching is a bad idea. I don't really see why that's a necessity.
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