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  • Premier Icon mboy
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    Pop the crown race on the fork, put the fork on the bike, tighten up the headset VERY slowly and carefully.

    Has always worked for me! Pulls the crown race down smoothly and evenly, and doesn't put that much force through the headset bearings (certainly a lot less than they're going to see when being ridden down bumpy offroad trails with a fully grown man aboard), and it doesn't apply any shock forces.

    The notion of a "crown race seating tool" seems very redundant to me, as the star fangled nut combined with the headset cap and bolt provide an excellent method for seating the crown race!

    just cut a slot with a hacksaw, or if you have a crudguard, the bracket is perfect to set a crown race with help of a mallet

    taka
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    pice of pipe or i use a vice and knock it down

    Done thanks to a helpful video on youtube. Cheers for the suggestions anyway.

    mildred
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    Is "Ghetto" now used to mean DIY?

    i think its used to mean "i can't afford tools or the proper kit so i will ask and try to make myself seem edgy and cool"

    yunki
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    I like the term… and use the wooden handle of a small hammer to seat my crown races.. works every time

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    i use a piece of vacuum cleaner pipe – from my Henry to be precise.

    works very well.

    Premier Icon Wally
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    White plastic kitchem/bathroom plumbing waste pipe – the perfect fit and cheap as chips from BnQ. Used mine for many races – still OK.

    Premier Icon igm
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    32mm plastic waste pipe for setting crown races.

    Not edgy or cool as it's far too easy.

    Premier Icon Wally
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    There you go – It is a well known very effective DIY solution.
    Screwdriver can easily scratch races – this plastic pipe method is as igm puts it "too easy"

    As per the thread title really. Got a new set of forks here i'm itching to get on my bike. Don't want to make a haims of it so looking for ghetto suggestions on crown race installation?

    just cut a slot with a hacksaw

    Yep, thats the one…no fannying about putting them on or taking them off. Point the cut forwards for less chance of crap getting in..easy!

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    You can put the crown race on the ring of the stove and get it nice and hot. It will expand enough to go on with minimal force.

    Naturally a real man picks it up with his bare hands, but us mincers use a pair of pliers.

    I now use the hacksaw method 🙂

    cut a slot with a hacksaw

    Only if it's a sealed bearing headset, NOT if it's a loose or caged ball bearing headset

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    mildred – Member
    Is "Ghetto" now used to mean DIY?

    no 🙄 , you have to get a felt tip and write graffiti on the bit of pipe – innit, blud ?!

    soobalias
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    placcy mallet – bosh!

    Premier Icon Coyote
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    Rubber mallet+bit of wood=sorted.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    You can put the crown race on the ring of the stove

    My cane creek ones have a rubber seal moulded onto them.

    Jamie
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    I get a man in 😉

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    Jamie, you won't need a man in if you have your own length of 32mm piping

    james-o
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    take an old headset lower cup, remove all parts leaving just the alu cup. invert -ie place part that goes into headtube over crown- and use wider part to drift the race on with a small hammer. one tap one side, another on the other, works fine.

    use an old knife blade and same hammer to ease race off again.

    Only if it's a sealed bearing headset, NOT if it's a loose or caged ball bearing headset

    Of course! Does anyone still use un-sealed headsets anymore…does anyone even sell them anymore!?

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