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Old 06-07-06, 01:11 PM
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Changin forks

I have a DDG shooter trials which im converting to use as a hardtail MTB. I removed the stem (a-head not quilled) as I am trying to put on my new rst suspension forks. But when i took off the spacers there is no nuts or anything to loosen in order to release the rigid forks that are on the bike just now. Theres a little circular thing where the top screw of the stem went down into that I cant get out. What do I need to do next to release the forks?? help ASAP please!

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Old 06-07-06, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by stu_10
I have a DDG shooter trials which im converting to use as a hardtail MTB. I removed the stem (a-head not quilled) as I am trying to put on my new rst suspension forks. But when i took off the spacers there is no nuts or anything to loosen in order to release the rigid forks that are on the bike just now. Theres a little circular thing where the top screw of the stem went down into that I cant get out. What do I need to do next to release the forks?? help ASAP please!

Stuart
stu,

there is usually a split wedge collar that supports the steer tube. you should be able to tap with soft mallet and the fork will drop right out.

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Originally Posted by mx_599
stu,

there is usually a split wedge ring that supports the steer tube.
Thanks, I was gonna say that but I didn't know what to call the split wedge ring besides "terribly designed."

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That circular threaded thing inside your fork is a star nut and it cannot be reused. If your rst's don't have one already, I recommend that after you make your final cut on the steerer tube, you take the fork to your LBS and have one installed - they're relatively cheap, probably around five bucks.
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Good advice Gastro,your doin' great!
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Star nuts suck. Get an azonic head lock, they're really quite excellent.
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Star nuts suck. Get an azonic head lock, they're really quite excellent.
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Originally Posted by gastro
That circular threaded thing inside your fork is a star nut and it cannot be reused. If your rst's don't have one already, I recommend that after you make your final cut on the steerer tube, you take the fork to your LBS and have one installed - they're relatively cheap, probably around five bucks.
If your cheap like me you will reuse it. I have done it many of times, just find a 1in. wooden dowel (or something of that sort) and hammer the starnut flange all the way out the bottom of the steertube ( you really have to beat on it though).
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