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removing a headset(7 posts)

removing a headsetjack daniels
Apr 4, 2001 4:35 AM
How do you remove a headset? I dont care if i destroy it while tryin to remove it because it is being replaced. Is it easy to remove? It its a one Inch treaded type. Thank you
with a headset cup removerbk in chula vista
Apr 4, 2001 4:56 AM
they cost about $30 or so, and probably wouldn't be carried (to buy) at many bike shops, but can be ordered from catalogs like Excel, Colorado Cyclist, Performance, etc... Unless you plan to use it frequently you are probably better off going to your LBS and having them do it for you.
not necessaryJiggy
Apr 4, 2001 5:02 AM
Unscrew the topnut and race and it all comes apart. If you don't care about the cups, just knock them out using a screwdriver or other blunt instrument and hammer. The crown race is a little tougher to get off, but if you plan on replacing with the same exact headset and the race is not badly scored you can probably just leave it and use the old one. If the headset is in good shape you might just mask off the cups before you paint.
not necessaryWessley
Apr 4, 2001 7:02 AM
Even if you do care about reusing the cups and crown race, they can be removed without damage by any number of tools including a drift punch and hammer.Some penetrating oil or similar on the cups will lessen the required effort.
my cheap and effective wayixiz
Apr 4, 2001 8:21 AM
FOr the CUPS
1. Get a dowel even some broom stick works(diameter just clear the cups)depending on headset size 1 or 1-1/8. HAck saw length 3-4 inches longer than your head tube
2. split the end of the broomstick that you cut square with a hacksaw or any saw about 3-4 inches from the end
3. insert split end down the head tube
4. On the other end wedge a coin or a screw in the split so that both edges expands out till it touches the head tube a little (good to add some grease on the headtubewall)
5. smack the other end of dowel with a hammer but not too hard and dont rest frame on bench top - this would probably dent your frame if the headset is seized in there or tough getting out.
6. repeat the same for the other cup

For the RACE
A. this requires some tooling cutout a pc of 2x4 like a U shape, deep enough to clear the fork bridge and a very small clearance. If you have a router - works best.
b. placecutout 2x4 behind fork race and slightly tap the race till it separates from the press in section of the fork

Now you have a headset remover for life if you did not demage the ends. otherwise start all over.
I will gladly pay you $30 not to have to do all that work justbill
Apr 5, 2001 10:45 AM
making the tools.
wow, a voice of reasonbk in chula vista
Apr 5, 2001 1:06 PM
While I won't say that the above methods won't work - I've never tried them so I can't say - I've never understood the desire of people to go "McGuyver" when working on their bikes. A small investment, well spent, will buy you enough bike tools to do most maintenance jobs yourself without having to improvise. Changing headsets isn't exactly an everyday maintenance job for the average rider, I'll give you that. But most cyclists, if active in their local cycling community, will know someone who owns or works in a bike shop. If you have enough tools to tear the front end down to the headset cups, you can probably walk in with it and have it done (with the proper tool) in a couple of minutes for a nominal charge. Why risk it?