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    space in between bottom of crown race & top of fork crown

    Hi. I'm prepping for my new fork install. Done many on BMX, but never on mtb & never on a front shock fork. Just out of curiosity of wanting to see if I have every headset piece, I slipped the crown race onto the steerer tube, without any force. Crown race is just laying there. I didn't use a PVC pipe to bang it down yet. There's about 1/4 to 5/16 of space in between the bottom of the crown race & the top of the fork crown. If I push it down with hand strength, it'll probably only go down another millimeter. Am I to believe that banging it down with a PVC pipe will set it onto the fork crown completely? I'm afraid of chewing away the steerer tube. (first pic is bottom cup, cartridge bearing & crown race with seal, upside down.) Thanks

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    Fox front fork steerer tube 1-1/8 to 1.5 tapered
    Cane Creek headset 1-1/8 to 1.5 tapered
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    It needs to be flushed.

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    Crown races are interference fits. Needs to be driven into place. That is why crown setting tools exist.
    And grease it first.
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    It needs to be flush with the crown. I've seen it done and even mechanics use a pipe to seat this onto the steere tube. You won't chew the steerer tube away.

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    I'd see if the blue seal comes off easily before seating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    It needs to be flushed.
    Yes thanks, i understand that. Another thing is i've seen used shock forks on eBay that don't appear to have any scratches just above the fork crown, which made me go hmm. I thought at the most, there'd be 1/8" of space or less, before i bang down on it

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    Thanks all & thanks shiggy on the grease tip

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    space in between bottom of crown race & top of fork crown

    Quote Originally Posted by TheeSuperUberV View Post
    Yes thanks, i understand that. Another thing is i've seen used shock forks on eBay that don't appear to have any scratches just above the fork crown, which made me go hmm. I thought at the most, there'd be 1/8" of space or less, before i bang down on it
    Use the proper tools to install an remove the crown race. I don't have any marks on my forks either, but if I do who cares, it's ok


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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Use the proper tools to install an remove the crown race. I don't have any marks on my forks either, but if I do who cares, it's ok


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    FWIW, I've used the pipe/hammer/screwdriver installation method hundreds of times without a single issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    FWIW, I've used the pipe/hammer/screwdriver installation method hundreds of times without a single issue.
    Yeah, I did that a few times when I started out, it was a peta to find the right size pipe. Then I bought the cheapo when I started doing more swapping. Now I'm on the park tool set, still don't do hundreds of times, may be 12-20 times a year.

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    also, in case of resellability reasons... but i will go ahead & just bang it as prescribed

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