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1/17/2018 11:43 AM

Ok so I just got a new r25 fork and when I try to put your stem and shit on it won’t slide on. I’m not able to use a coin and stretch the clamp on the top but I did on the bottom a little and it still won’t slip on. Any idea how I can get it on? I’m using a Sunday freeze stem

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1/17/2018 11:59 AM

Pictures? Sounds like you're saying you've pinched your stem. If that's the case, replace it yesterday. It's fine to run a pinched stem for a while but if you have to spread it to get it on the fork, it'll likely crack or snap at the first hint of force. Aluminium really doesn't like being forced into one shape and then into another, it becomes very, very brittle.

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1/17/2018 12:12 PM

Show some pictures. Sounds like what p1p1092 was saying; you've probably pinched your stem. Usually results in running it too tight or tightening it down while it's off a stem. If you stretch it too much it's going to break, I'd just buy another stem, Sunday Freeze is pretty cheap, just get another one of those.

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1/17/2018 12:31 PM

Did you cut the fork? Was a tubing cutter used? If so, those usually flare out the steerer tube just slightly at the end. If that is the case, get a file & file it down around the tube.

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1/17/2018 1:00 PM

Spit on it wink

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1/17/2018 1:04 PM

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1/17/2018 1:22 PM

Mishinn_Control wrote:

Did you cut the fork? Was a tubing cutter used? If so, those usually flare out the steerer tube just slightly at the end. If ...more

From my experience, tubing cutters only flare tube inwards. If that's the case, one of those Noba deburr tools is by far the easiest way to deal with it. Not too sure how common they are though, I have loads of them tongue.

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1/17/2018 3:38 PM

I didn’t cut it and from what I thought I was running the stem pretty well. Here are picsPhoto

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1/17/2018 3:51 PM

Joe Breslin wrote:

I didn’t cut it and from what I thought I was running the stem pretty well. Here are picsPhoto

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Get some rough sandpaper and sand down the clamping area until it fits. The stem doesn't look nearly pinched enough to be causing a problem.

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1/17/2018 3:55 PM

Joe Breslin wrote:

I didn’t cut it and from what I thought I was running the stem pretty well. Here are picsPhoto

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use a screwdriver to old the back open

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1/17/2018 7:01 PM

Take the bolts out of the stem and put a peice of metal in it. Put a bolt back in on the threaded side of the stem. Tighten it a bit so the stem spreads apart enough for the stem to slide in.

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1/17/2018 7:04 PM

sean_gillis wrote:

Take the bolts out of the stem and put a peice of metal in it. Put a bolt back in on the threaded side of the stem. Tighten it ...more

That little trick works great but you don't want to be stuck with it long term. I'd still say he'll be better off just sanding out the clamping area a little.

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1/17/2018 7:28 PM

Yeah like P1 said, juat sand the clamping area of the stem, NOT the streer tube of the fork...

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1/17/2018 8:07 PM

I sand the clamping area of some of my forks Ive had. Some cheaper forks have paint on the clamping surface...

You can also try sanding the inside of the stem clamping area...i think the freeze stems are painted... Maybe thick paint?

Either way, id rather risk ruining a cheap stem over an expensive fork.

Not saying sanding your stem will ruin it but Id be more comfortable experimenting with the cheaper of the two.

Just to put your mind at ease. I sanded my r25 fork clamping area.

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