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How difficult to cut a threaded fork?(3 posts)

How difficult to cut a threaded fork?Birddog
Sep 1, 2003 10:22 AM
And how much thread should remain? or can you just put in spacers to make up the diff as long as your stem height is where you want it?
re: How difficult to cut a threaded fork?LC
Sep 1, 2003 11:13 AM
You have to be able to thread both the top of the headset and the locking nut tight, but you can put a spacer between them. The locking nut usually has a seal to keep water from coming down the stem so you don't want that seal on the threads.

If you want to cut it, then thread an old headset on so you have a guide to cut it straight.
Piece of cake.Spoke Wrench
Sep 1, 2003 11:28 AM
The steerer tube length and number of threads needed are determined by your frame and headset stack height. If you don't have enough, you won't be able to thread on your locknut. If you have too much, you won't be able to get your locknut tight because it will bottom out against the steerer tube. You can put a spacer between the headset cone and locknut if it's a little too long.

Cutting a steerer tube is pretty simple, an ordinary hacksaw will do it. Like the other poster said, I like to thread on an old locknut past the saw cut. That will help you to make a nice square cut and it will clean up the threads as you remove it.