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  • Premier Icon scotroutes
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    If you have copper pipe and a hacksaw then cut and splay it to make your own “rocket” tool.

    I use B&Q threaded rod for my own headsets.

    Stick the cups in the freezer for a while before fitting.

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    B&Q sell threaded bars – Not the cheapest for the washers and bolts you’ll also need, but then you probably don’t need 100’s of each like you would get from Screwfix.

    B&Q also sell long screwdrivers, hammers and blocks of wood 😈

    jekkyl
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    good idea scotroutes but I’m lacking a workbench & vice so it would be a right faff.
    B&Q DO sell threaded bars, for pennies: http://www.diy.com/departments/ffa-concept-steel-m10-threaded-rod-l1000mm/254170_BQ.prd

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    Tapping it out like that works fine. Just keep moving where you hit it and watch the gap so it comes out square. Sort of the same for putting it in. The thread should pull it square but you need to watch it to make sure it stays square and occasionally recentre it

    in the past i have used a 19mm socket on the end of an extention.

    Rest the lip of the socket on the internal lip of the head seat and tap tap tap.

    rocketman
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    It’s much easier with the tools. One tap and the headset is out, and refitting is about as difficult as turning a door handle

    jekkyl
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    I’m gonna try this today, frame in a work stand and using a small piece of copper water pipe tap around the edges of the cups until they pop out?! my reasoning is the copper pipe should be soft enough to not leave any mark on the headset so I can sell it afterward. I’m only changing it to install the correct colour.
    Then installation of a new one with a threaded bolt through some sqaures of plywood, socket on the bottom & tighten the top with a spanner, nice n slow so I can align the hope logos correctly. 😀 do you reckon B&Q would sell threaded bars?
    any tips?

    Stevet1
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    There’s a proper tool for removing headsets? who knew!

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Stevet1 – Member

    There’s a proper tool for removing headsets? who knew!

    Yup- rear axle from a ’00 Suzuki SV650, and the Hammer of Thor that you stole off your grandad, perfect.

    joshvegas
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    You mean old 25.4 seatpost hammer at the end to form a lip then sliced to splay the legs?

    Yep it exists. In my basement

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    You mean old 25.4 seatpost hammer at the end to form a lip then sliced to splay the legs?

    That’s a good idea!

    I tried making a headset press out of threaded bar, but it slid around and threatened to put the cups in non-square. It needed some sort of tapered plugs to centre in the headset.

    brakes
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    I made a press from B&Q threaded bar – it lasted for a while but the threads gave up eventually.

    I’ve also tried to make a splayed pipe style remover a few times and it has never survived more than a couple of wacks with a hammer. A metal drift or a screwdriver always works.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    I tried making a headset press out of threaded bar, but it slid around and threatened to put the cups in non-square. It needed some sort of tapered plugs to centre in the headset

    Works If you’re slow and careful. As above, it akso helps if you freeze the cups beforehand.

    tjagain
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    Threaded bar works fine – I use wood tho for the washers so as not to damage anything and so the cups bite into them and don’t move around

    TurnerGuy
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    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkY879pMafE[/video]

    but they’re only £15 anyway…

    and

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGfvO-ztoT4[/video]

    a bit more, probably best option is here as there still don’t seem to be many 1.5 inch ones around :

    https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/cyclus-headset-press-tool/aid:22688

    If you are near Woking in Surrey you’re welcome to come round and borrow mine…

    Splash-man
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    Try Toolstation for the threaded bar, you can buy it in single 1m lengths pretty cheap.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Oh yeha, I have a proper headset tool, and some threaded bar, but I use this:

    Metal curtain pole works as well and costs peanuts (about 2 quid) from a local hardware shop. Even better if you already have some.

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