Headset Installation Tips Needed
TBH I’ve used the threaded rod method, and I’ve used a proper headset press, but the approach I get the best, quickest, easiest result from is the rubber mallet.
It’s not for the cackhanded though… But then, neither is a headset press, you can ruin a frame with whichever tool you choose, if you’re a big enough knobber.Posted 5 years agoThrustyjustMember
A decent headset press has a taper to hold the headset square in the tool before inserting. Using a threaded rod will pull it into the frame but may cause it to stretch the headtube. I know that the ‘majority’ of riders here are happy to take that risk and 99.9% may have got away with it, but a press is made for a reason. Luckily I have one and will always use it. I always put a slight touch of grease on the cups, you dont need much and check the inside of the tube for any paint overspray and wet and dry out if needed. If you can check the inner diameter of the tube and the outer of the headset, make sure it is within a sensible tolerance. Like seatposts, manufacturers have their own sizes. If its too tight, could cause an issue with overstressing the head tube.Posted 5 years ago
Other than that, take your time with doing it.NorthwindSubscriber
Thrustyjust – Member
99.9% may have got away with it,
It isn’t “getting away with it”. All you need to do is be slightly careful, or perhaps I should say not be totally oblivious- if it starts to go in squint, stop.
FWIW the only time i’ve personally had a headset fitting failure was when my “proper” press with its taper ended up settling on a delicate part of a Giant headset, and pushed it out of shape. Wouldn’t have happened with my home-made press or with the rubber hammer.Posted 5 years agorollindoughnutMember
I did it recently with a wooden mallet and a block of wood underside giving a nice solid support. It’s so ridiculously easy, it wants to go in straight. Just take your time. I then cut the steerer with a hacksaw and a reversed stem as a guide and installed the star nut with a bit of metal rod that was in my tool box.Posted 5 years ago
Saved myself the quoted £44 from my lbs, got it done that evening (took 1hr to do everything) and gained satisfaction from a job well done.
Just as an update.Posted 5 years ago
Decided on just two pints of real ale as a good starter for this softy southerner. Cups in the freezer. Tried my super home made press one at a time but it wanted to pull them in a bit wonky and I kept wanting to tap them. So I gave in to temptation, another two pints of real ale and out with the rubber mallet and a bit of 4by 2. Easy. All standing and correct. Frame OK etc and so another couple of pints in celebration.
Thanks for the advice. Hic
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