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Removing headsets(7 posts)

Removing headsetsjuanteal
Apr 10, 2003 12:03 PM
What's the best way to pull a non-integrated, unthreaded Chris King 1" headset out of an old steel frame? I had the shop install it, and don't have any headset-specific tools. I'm hoping to salvage the headset and put it on ebay.

I heard about someone who used a Coke can somehow... I won't reveal his secret... I was hoping there was an easier way.
Park makes a special tool or make a wood Tool like meMaartin
Apr 10, 2003 12:12 PM
Borrow a park tool or do what I did. Use WD40 to loosen it. I then got a piece of narrow hickory hardwood and cut it the diameter of the inside tube. I slipped it in sideways, turned it and then rested snug it on the inside seat. I then used a cut off broom handle made into a dowel to tap it out slowly. The Park tool does the same but evens out the pressure as it speads out.
Make one out of plastic pipe.czardonic
Apr 10, 2003 1:55 PM
Get a 12" length of plastic pipe (>1" for this application), and cut a 6"-8" slot that splits it lengthwise. The slot should be just long enough so that the two sides can be spread far enough to engage the edges of the cups inside the headtube (a quarter jammed into the open end will keep the tool from slipping when you tap out the cups).

This copies the basic design of the Park tool. I have found that cutting the pipe so that it spreads four ways makes it too weak, and isn't necessary.
Good Idea!the bull
Apr 10, 2003 6:31 PM
Also dont remove headset unless you are replacing it!
Everytime you remove headset you are tearing up your headtube!
Also I recomend a chris king headset they should last as long as frame!
All others suck!
Big screwdriver and a malletKerry
Apr 10, 2003 4:25 PM
Unless it's an unusual headset, with minimal "lip" showing inside the head tube, you can usually do it easily by just tapping your way around with the blade of a large screwdriver and a hammer. Support the frame well, go gently at first, and hit harder as needed. Work your way around and you won't even damage the cups. Grease everything thoroughly on the re-install to be sure the next one won't rust in place.
works for me nmDougSloan
Apr 10, 2003 7:47 PM
I use a 7/8" socket on an extender & my trusty mallet nmdzrider
Apr 11, 2003 4:20 AM