Headset Troubles

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7/5/2017 2:30 PM

Hi Guys,

I am installing an Animal Integrated Headset with my Animal Street Forks, Animal Top Load Stem and S&M ATF Frame. However, as pictured: despite using what I think is all the spacers, the top of the steer-tube is still higher than the stem so I can't screw in the compression cap and install the damn thing.

The sequence of parts, (not in the order I fitted them), from top to bottom is: Fork-Bearing-Frame-Bearing-Compression Cap-Dust Cap-Spacer-Spacer-Stem-Spacer-Compression Bolt.

If anyone can point out what screamingly obvious thing I am stupidly doing wrong that would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

CameronPhoto

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7/5/2017 3:17 PM

Looks like you need to either add more spacers, or cut your steer tube down a bit.

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7/5/2017 3:39 PM

How would you advise I do that?

Pipe cutter?

If with hacksaw is a saw guide necessary?

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7/5/2017 4:10 PM

Yeah, you could either cut the tube, or add spacers.

It'll always be safer to cut it, though, as too many spacers means too much height which means a weaker steerer tube in the long run. I've used a hacksaw before with a careful eye and steady hand.

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7/5/2017 4:50 PM

readybmxer wrote:

Yeah, you could either cut the tube, or add spacers.

It'll always be safer to cut it, though, as too many spacers means too ...more

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7/5/2017 5:04 PM

Cameronb_01 wrote:

How would you advise I do that?

Pipe cutter?

If with hacksaw is a saw guide necessary?

Use a pipe cutter if you can. Way cleaner and easier.

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7/6/2017 5:23 AM

get one more spacer. head tubes are different sizes, so everything wont always work perfectly.

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7/6/2017 5:59 AM

one more tiny spacer...like a 2mm one

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It’s all bmx

7/7/2017 3:04 AM

In the end I used a hacksaw to cut off the first 3mm then filed off the next 3mm.

Filing through that thick steel takes a fucking ice-age but the results were pretty perfect.

Now the headset and stem are on I should finish the build this afternoon.

Thanks again for all your help!

Cameron


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7/7/2017 5:52 AM

I would've cut off 6mm, then filed it smooth.... Or used a pipe cutter

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7/7/2017 8:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/7/2017 8:56 AM


steer tube cutting guide.

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