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    Default Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    Anyone seen one of these?

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    The top collar seems to be held on by some magical force. I can't unscrew it and I've pried it hard enough to risk messing something up. Hitting it with a hammer obviously doesn't work. The bike is an old Crescent Hamra...made in Sweden I believe.

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    Thanks for posting. The new forum is open and yours is the first question.

    I do not know the answer however I'll take a good stab. That looks like it has an gap so I'll guess there is an oxidized (formerly) rubber O-ring. Use an scalpel to probe and separate the o-ring from the steerer than smack the steerer straight down.

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    Maybe a crown race remover could fit in the gap?

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    Corrosion or perhaps some misguided soul used a locking compound. Got a heat gun? They do the job with less potential damage than flame. I'd try an overnight soak w/penetrating oil then heat it up and try a little gentle prying. I've a feeling once it's loosened up it will come right off. Apply some twisting force with a strap wrench may helps to break the bond as well.

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    Don't be shy to whack that steel steer-tube with a deadblow from the top.
    That "top collar" sure doesn't look like it belongs there. Nothing I've ever seen before. Good luck with that one dude.
    Let us know how it goes.

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    I'm with Deepsix on this one. Add a little oil of some kind to help things move when they can. I would also recommend using a starnut setter if it is threadless and wack that instead of the top of the steerer.
    Not Riding!

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    Any progress?

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    Default Re: Since bike tech's not open yet...headset help please

    I got it out last night...it involved a hammer. And a Force Recon Marine. Will post pics when I get home today.

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