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Creaking Headset(5 posts)

Creaking HeadsetPart Time
Aug 22, 2002 9:18 AM
I have a 2001 Lemond Titanium Victoire which has an integrated headset. About two months ago, I installed a shorter stem (TTT Forgie). I recently started to get creaking in my headset over bumps or when I pull back on the bars. Does anyone have suggestions how to make the creaking stop? Please stop the Creaking!
re: Creaking HeadsetWheelz
Aug 22, 2002 10:35 AM
Chances are, it's the stem or spacers not the headset. Try taking off the stem and spaces. Clean the steer tube, spacers, and stem. Apply a lightweight grease to the steer tube. (I use Slick Honey or Judy Butter) Then, reassemble. The creaking should go away.

When my headset creaks...PsyDoc
Aug 22, 2002 10:41 AM
...I take it apart and put a thin film of grease on both sides of the aluminum spacer and reinstall. That takes care of it until I get caught in another heavy downpour. I also regrease the face plate bolts and use a torque wrench to reinstall.
When my headset creaks...Part Time
Aug 25, 2002 8:20 PM
I tried your suggestion and I am still getting creaks. I am hoping it isn't my star nut in my fork. When my headset was new, it came loose a few times so after I tightened my stem I would tighten the top bolt a little more.

Could my star nut be creaking?

I am going to take it apart again and try to re-arrange my spacers. A guy at a bike shop suggested I take emery cloth to the inside of my stem??? anymore suggestions?
At a loss...PsyDoc
Aug 26, 2002 6:43 AM
...not sure what else to say that might help. If you figure this thing out, then let us know.