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Frozen spacers - what to do?(5 posts)

Frozen spacers - what to do?trimble
Feb 9, 2003 8:02 AM
I wanted to do a little tinkering on my bike to customize the fit.

I removed the spacers above the stem and the stem & handlebar w/o any trouble. However the spacers below the stem are literally frozen in place. I whacked to fork tube with a rubber mallet hoping to dislodge the spacers, but to no avail.

Any suggestions?
spray some wd 40 on there and let i sit overnightthe bull
Feb 9, 2003 2:38 PM
ten rewack it
pb blaster is the best stuff to use but wd 40 should work
mopar (crysler) makes some stuff that will work good to
if this does not work you might have to destroy
the fork to get it off
once i had to hit the top of the fork to get it loose
then i had to cut the top of the fork where it had mushroomed out
scary!
Second the PB Blaster recommendation - nmJimP
Feb 10, 2003 9:04 AM
spray some wd 40 on there and let i sit overnightscorpionking
Feb 10, 2003 8:08 PM
Pour some Cike on it, seriously, goood old fashioned Coca Cola will unfreeze just about anything, but it won't do much good for the paint on your frame if allowed to sit atop it.
If penetrating solvents don't work, cut them off...Quack
Feb 10, 2003 10:57 AM
If the spacers are bonded to the fork steerer and you can't twist them loose with a wheel installed and a pipe wrench gnawing on the spacers, get a dremel tool with a cutoff wheel and carefully cut through them until you can break them. Once they are no longer intact, they should be easy to remove with slight force from a hammer and chisel. Or you could cut each ring twice and take it apart in halves. Just make sure not to cut into the steerer.