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DIY Headset Install(5 posts)

DIY Headset Installpat1
Jul 26, 2002 9:07 AM
I'm in the process of building up a budget singlespeed. Picked up a sweet tange ultralight frame from chucksbikes for $45, and most of the rest is from the upgraded parts bin. I need to install a new aheadset, and I'd rather avoid the LBS. I have used the mallet/wood blocks before on other bikes, but I recall seeing a mention of a threaded rod/washer set-up. Any specifics on this method for pressing in the cups? Can the crown race be installed with a hammer/punch?

re: DIY Headset InstallDave Hickey
Jul 26, 2002 9:22 AM
I bought an iron pipe at Home Depot for installing races. The diameter is slighter larger than the steerer tube. I support the fork legs with a rounded off 2 x 4(covered with cloth) tucked up in the crotch of the fork.
I'll probably get flamed for this, but I just use a two blocks of wood to install the headset cups. I've tried the washers/threaded rod method and it was works but I really can't tell any difference.
Jul 26, 2002 9:39 AM
I've used the bolt washer set-up for 4 headset intalls so far.
Just be sure grease the cups a little before you press them in.
Threaded Rodgrzy
Jul 26, 2002 9:42 AM
Threade rod and a bunch of washers will make a cheap headset press. You do loose the ability to hold things nice and parallel. Use the chunk of pipe to put the for race on - the punch will most likely damage the bearing surface if you slip.

I still think that for $35 you can't go wrong at the LBS, but then I don't know your LBS.
Threaded Rodpat1
Jul 26, 2002 1:07 PM
Thanks for the info. Off to the mighty orange box I go to get pipe and threaded rod. I know that the LBS could do this for about $35, but when the frame for this singlespeed was only $45, I have a hard time. I've always done all my own wrenching, just not a lot of experience with installing headsets.