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got an english bb and an italian frame(11 posts)

got an english bb and an italian frameFrith
Jun 17, 2003 8:48 AM
The bb is a miche primato pista. Can I just swap out the cups for italian ones or do I need to swap the whole bottom bracket?
re: got an english bb and an italian frameLC
Jun 17, 2003 9:04 AM
Where are you going to find the cups, and even if you find them do you really think that they would be cheaper than just getting a new BB?
never mind....helpful shopFrith
Jun 17, 2003 10:21 AM
Is going to order in a new italian BB and do a straight swap. I should probably give them a plug while I'm at it....
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If you got really desperate... you could retap the frame. nmrussw19
Jun 17, 2003 10:24 AM
Wrong answer!curlybike
Jun 17, 2003 10:29 AM
The english tap is smaller and will fall into the italian threaded bb shell. You Can tap french or English out to Italian after reaming the shell.
Actually...the bull
Jun 17, 2003 11:03 AM
You can use a two part epoxy to hold that sucker in there!

(This was a joke dont do this)
Jun 17, 2003 4:07 PM
I was all set to fire up the torch and flame you until I opened the message.
dont ya know!the bull
Jun 17, 2003 10:46 PM
Its frame geometry stuff that I screw up not wrenching!
Wrong answer!<---- whoops... brain freeze you are right!russw19
Jun 17, 2003 5:52 PM
It can be done the other way.. but I think you would have to use a helicoil to go italian to english... and even then, could it be done? I have never seen it or heard of going Ital->Eng

But you can always tap a frame that has damaged english threads to italian.... well a steel frame that is. Others would be very suspect.

God only knows what the hell I was thinking... but I wasn't really being serious anyways... but I was still wrong.

Wrong answer!<---- whoops... brain freeze you are right!curlybike
Jun 17, 2003 6:27 PM
but I think you would have to use a helicoil to go italian to english
A 6mm helicoil set is quite expensive to purchase for a seldom use situation, so I hate to Imagine what one for 1 3/8 would cost$$$$$$$$$. You could get a new frame for less.
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Not really...............Rusty Coggs
Jun 17, 2003 12:01 PM
Italian thread is larger in diameter than english.