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DIY Star-flanged nut insertion(5 posts)

DIY Star-flanged nut insertionCheapo
Aug 7, 2001 2:49 PM
Has anyone got any ideas on how to insert a star-flanged nut into a steerer tube without getting the special tool or bringing it to the lbs?
Rubber Mallet & Calculus Textgrzy mnky
Aug 7, 2001 3:32 PM
Seriously, you could take a piece of pipe that will fit inside the steerer tub and give it a few wacks. Crude but effective. However, I can't really advise this when there is the right tool for the job --> part of my personal phillosophy and built in excuse for buying more tools. Drop a six pack of quality brew on the guy in the back of the shop near closing time and he'll do it in 30 seconds, plus you'll be on his good side. Next you're going to ask about cutting the steerer w/out using the cutoff tool --> use your contractor buddies chop saw that he uses on rebar and the obligatory elixer. This would be a good time to break out the file to remove the burr. Don't forget to do the inside also.
Finally, an every day use for my Calculus book!ak
Aug 8, 2001 5:54 AM
I figured I'd say it before someone else did.
Cute response, but he wanted to insert star nutspookyload
Aug 7, 2001 10:15 PM
The way I get it in is pure laziness. The tool from park is relatively cheap(less than $20). But that seems to be $20 I have never spent. I get a socket that fits just inside the steerer tube snuggly, put the bolt from the headset through the opening in the socket on the square side and screw it into the star nut loosely. The purpose of the socket is to guide it into the steerer tube straight, and if you get the socket just the right size, it phyically can't go in crooked. Tap the bolt with a hammer to drive it into the steerer till it is set about 15mm deep. You can mark off 15mm on the bottom of the socket to use as a guide. In all honesty, it works pretty good except for steel steerer forks. It always seems like steele steeres mangle at least one extra star nut for some reason.
Quaint reponse, but he wanted to install a star nut.grzy mnky
Aug 8, 2001 9:21 AM
So you use a star nut on composite steerers? Interesting.

What's the big difference between a socket and a length of pipe? You don't have to take a hammer to your tools.