- Ideas on removing a Chris King Steelset
Broke my 6 year old HL 5-Spot a few months back, all the other components have been re-used elsewhere, leaving the headset a Chris King Steelset till last. One cup is about halfway out now but I've hit a bit of a snag…
Any thoughts on non destructive removal of the headset mucho appreciated.Posted 7 years agoscotiaMember
johnners – Member
Like tails said. Try a headset remover to remove headsets. Stop cocking about with drifts, sockets and random bits of tubing.
And make sure you're trying to remove the headset, not a step machined into the head tube. They're hard to shift.
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you did read the first post didnt you? and see the great big pic of a broken headset remover..
so thats why he asked on here..cos its broken…Posted 7 years ago
Cheers all for the advice, yes to those assuming I'm trying a cheap short cut rather than relying on the correct tool for the job. I DID USE the correct tool for the job and it broke (big clue was the picture) now it wasn't because I'm ham fisted I've fitted and removed plenty of headsets over the years using the correct tools. It was because a Chris King Steelset is inserted into the headtube a full 1 inch deep which is three times more than a normal headset. So it's proving to be a bit of a bugger to remove via the approved method so I'm going to have to be a bit more brutal in my approach when I go round 2 with it tomorrow.Posted 7 years agoIAMember
I'd be taking a hacksaw to the headtube as you'll struggle to cut thru the headset (and it's stuck anyhow) so little danger you'll damage it. But first, heat, blowtorch or similar, get hardcore on it.
Also, steelset in a 5-spot? If you thought the steelset was needed for your riding style, no wonder you broke the 5-spot!Posted 7 years ago
Well the LBS offered to have a go on the understanding I wasn't liable for any broken tools, within 2 minutes they'd broken one of their headset removal tools. Left it with them overnight and they'd managed to get it out, in the end it took a Dremel to the headtube to peel it open to get the headset cups out. Charge = £0 as I'm a regular and I'd given them something out of the ordinary to do 🙂Posted 7 years ago
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