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Best way to install star nut w/o setter tool?(8 posts)

Best way to install star nut w/o setter tool?6was9
Jan 29, 2004 4:52 PM
I suppose I could go out and buy the tool... but I may never ever need it again(my cf fork steerers use compression type)... it's a single purpose tool... not even good as paper weight with its cylinderical shape....
With the bolt.Spiderman
Jan 29, 2004 5:13 PM
I had to do this once. You can actually use the bolt from the headset. Screw this in a bit, and basically hammer it down, as if it was a nut setter tool - its basically the same thing. Just be careful that nut ends up parallel to the top of the steerer tube.

Its surprisingly simple to do. You can control how even it is going too. If you see the bolt going in at the wrong angle, just wack the opposite side of it to straighten it out, like a nail. Once you do it its pretty self explanatory.
And use the top cap toorussw19
Jan 29, 2004 7:57 PM
The above post mentions making sure it's in straight... use the top cap for this. It will also let you know when to stop. Put the bolt thru the cap and screw it into the star nut until the bolt is at the bottom of the star nut. Stick it in your steerer and let the top cap come to rest on your steerer tube's top lip like it would be in your fork, and tap it in. Just go slow and you won't crack the bolt, and when the bolt gets to your top cap, you know when to stop. Should end up exactly where you need it down in the fork, and with the star nut hole vertical in your steerer.

I figured it'd be something like that...6was9
Jan 29, 2004 8:38 PM
But I wanted to make sure. Thanks much.
re: Best way to install star nut w/o setter tool?mtpisgah
Jan 30, 2004 4:40 AM
I use a Phillips head screwdriver. I had to shave the handle down a little to fit in the steerer tube. It is much easier than trying to use the bolt, less chance of hitting your hand.
re: Best way to install star nut w/o setter tool?MShaw
Jan 30, 2004 9:45 AM
The last time I had to do this, it was pretty messy till I looked at my workbech and saw a sparkplug socket staring back at me.

Hmmm, the small one looks like it'll fit inside my 1.125" steerer...

Yup. Bolt went right thru the hole in the middle. I was using a long bolt for this application. Tap, tap, tap. Went in straight the first time.

Yep - socket worked for me too (nm)B2
Jan 30, 2004 11:38 AM
Jan 30, 2004 12:01 PM
Why didn't I think of that. Thanks.