Removal and reinstallation of Headset from one frame to another

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  • Premier Icon Leadfold
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    I am swapping forks from one frame to another. As I can’t get the fork crown race off, the simplest thing seems to be, to tap out the frame races and then press them into the frame I am moiving the forks to. Though I can borrow a headset press to install the headset in the new frame I don’t think I can lay my hands on a headset removal tool.

    So my questions are:

    Will I be able to tap out the frame races (working around the race with a hammer and bit of wood so I don’t damage it? Or is it going to be so tight as to make this impossible?

    Once the races are out, are they likely to fit the new frame? I realise in theory the sizes are the same, but not sure if this works in practise.

    PS I plan to follow the installation instructions on the Park Tools website. Which I have always found clear and easy to follow.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Yes, you should be able to tap out the cups. They’ll need some fairly solid hits, but should come out pretty successfully. I use a blunt large flat bladed screwdriver and a hammer. Block of wood will probably not be strong enough.

    I’ve never not had a headset cup not fit a frame. Some are tighter than others, but they all go in.

    Premier Icon Leadfold
    Subscriber

    Thanks Nick,

    Reassuring to know it should be straightforward. I didn’t want to end up with two bikes in bits and nothing to ride.

    Jenga
    Member

    If you’re worried you can pick up headset removal tools for under a tenner on e bay.

    coatesy
    Member

    We’ve got a “proper” headset removal tool, it sits unused in the workshop while we use an old steerer tube because it’s easier and more effective.

    I_Ache
    Member

    My headset refuses to die, it has been on 4 frames and until the last change it was always knocked out with a hammer and a screwdriver. Now I have the proper tool and its much faster and it also means I dont worry about doing it.

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