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Scratching headset during maintenance(9 posts)

Scratching headset during maintenanceAsphalt Addict
Mar 17, 2003 7:25 AM
I'm doing an overhaul of my campy record threaded headset tomorrow for the first time. I have a Park headset wrench that fits. When I apply the wrench I'm sure that it will scratch the headset ring nut. How do bike shops do this?
What am I missing?TJeanloz
Mar 17, 2003 7:27 AM
Why would a wrench that fits scratch anything? I could see how a wrench that was too thick, or the wrong size might do it, but one that fits?
What am I missing?Asphalt Addict
Mar 17, 2003 7:34 AM
I'm concerned about hard metal(wrench) to soft metal(headset) friction.
If you carefully don't let the wrench slip, no problem (nm)TJeanloz
Mar 17, 2003 7:41 AM
well, actuallyRusty Coggs
Mar 17, 2003 7:43 AM
I have two different park HS wrenches,and they do mar soft aluminum,even tho they are the correct size.One is worse than the other,cuz it's a cheaper wrench.Problem is both are just stampings with rough edges left on the inner surfaces that address the hS flats.I should do some work with a dremel tool,but that would make the fit sloppier,and possibly a no win.
I'll buy that,TJeanloz
Mar 17, 2003 7:59 AM
That's reasonable, so the answer is just to have high-quality tools...
try this oneDougSloan
Mar 17, 2003 8:08 AM
http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=HW%2D2+32mm%2D36mm+Headset+Pro+Wrench&vendorCode=PARK&major=6&minor=3
try this oneLive Steam
Mar 17, 2003 8:33 AM
These are the best wrenches for threaded headsets. It actually prevents slipping by wrapping around the nut. The right tool for the job. JMO
It's a BIKE, not a Faberge egg, but...Silverback
Mar 17, 2003 8:42 AM
There's a paragraph somewhere on the Rivendell site explaining that a bike is a piece of outdoor equipment, and if you use it, it's going to get a few scratches. In this case, though, use a tool that fits and, if there's room, protect the flats of the headset with a couple of strips of electrical tape where the wrench grabs. But if the tool REALLY fits, there may not be room for it.