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Need advice installing King HeadsetFTMD
Jan 13, 2003 1:39 PM
Needing to install a King headset. I've got the Park press tool. I don't have the super-duper King fit adaptors, or whatever they are called. A shop installed a King on my other bike, and they didn't use any special adaptors. I didn't see any damage to the cups and the unit works fine. Am I fine to just use the press as-is? Do I need the adaptors? I was thinking maybe I could use a washer to keep the press off of the bearings and cup edges. Good or bad idea? If I have to buy the adaptors, I will. Thanks for any help.
re: Need advice installing King HeadsetDougSloan
Jan 13, 2003 1:54 PM
With the super-duper Park tool, I just pressed them in. Don't forget to grease the headset cup/frame interface. I had no problem.

Just be carefulNessism
Jan 13, 2003 3:25 PM
I've pressed in many a headset (including several King's) using nothing more than a piece of threaded rod, a couple of matching nuts, and a handful of different sized washers. Go for it.

re: Need advice installing King HeadsetJuanmoretime
Jan 13, 2003 4:17 PM
Go forit. Just as the other poster have done, I've installed, at least 10 headsets with the the Park Headset press and no damage. Take your time and make sure everything is lined up and grease the inside of the headtube.
Jan 14, 2003 6:32 AM
The King headset come with bearings already installed. Use the HHP-1 to press them without the Park Tool 530-2 stepped adapters. You do not want to press directly on the bearings. The flat plates of the HHP-1 are fine for pressing this headset. Pressing one at a time can help the enter the frame straighter. Be sure the frame is the correct ID for the cups you are pressing.
re: ... steel washers...Akirasho
Jan 14, 2003 8:00 AM
... you can use a couple of steel washers (of appropriate diameter) to protect the relatively soft metal of the CK case (I've got the adapters and some washers... and haven't noticed a difference)...

As the others have stated... just work slowly and all should be good.

Be the bike.
re: Need advice installing King HeadsetFTMD
Jan 14, 2003 9:34 AM
Thank you all for the good advice. I installed the unit last night w/o any trouble. I didn't get the "King" on each cup lined up exactly how I wanted them to, however, and I might knock them out and use Calvin's suggestion to reinstall. Am I anal? Yes.

Again, thanks for the tips.