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Old 06-11-06, 09:05 PM   #1
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New fork- new crown race?

I found an old joannou in the trash near my house and it was in pretty good condition so I want to convert it to a s/s with a coaster brake. Problem is the the fork is bent (steerer tube). So since it's cheaper to just buy a new fork(25) than just get the old on re-aligned(25-50) thats what I did. So heres the question.
I want to use the orginal head set; how do I get the crown race off the old fork? or can I just buy any crown race to replace it?
Thanks in advance for the help.
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Take the old fork off the bike. Flip over, so the legs are pointing up towards you. Carefully tap all around the crown race with a block of wood and a hammer, or if you are daring, a screwdriver or a brass punch or cold chisel. Crown race will come off with a few good, evenly spaced blows.
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you can get the old crown race off with a pretty simple tool most bike shops have.
or you can try to lightly tap it off with a flat screwdiver. kinda like a chisel. or maby pry it off.
But you gotta make sure the crown race diameter on the new fork is the same as your old as there are different standards.
I would personally just get a new headset like a shimano 105 for 20 some-odd dollars.
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