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    Castle tool

    I have a DD50 that I want to service and I need the castle tool "146/". I can't find them on-line. Any leads on one of these animals? Thanks.

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    Okay. Can't seem to find an old castle tool, so I decided to make one. Bought a 7/8"- 3/8" drive Craftsman socket, drew some lines and got out the dremel tool. Three hours later, I have a tool. I couldn't wait to weld a handle on it, so I got out a big crescent wrench, used the notch as my "flat" and gave it a turn. Presto, my damper unscrewed. I am a happy camper. Now to find a new "spring" for my DD50.
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    DD50 parts

    Here are pictures of the internals of my DD50, sans needle bearings/races. The elastomer spring is shot.
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    A warning, be careful not to scratch the shaft. The castle tool has a plastic sleeve on the inside to prevent this.

    Any Cannondale dealer that's worth can get you any special tool you need. The best thing is that they're not that expensive.

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    Looks like a burned hot dog.

    The tool is cool though! I agree with Jiar, just make sure you dont scratch the shaft.

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    Ha ha, yes, it does look like a hot dog. The one you left on the grill too long!
    I've seen the warnings about not scratching the shaft, Thanks!

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    Dude! You have seriously mad Dremel skilz!
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    Thanks Man! It's very satisfying to "make" something and have it work.

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    What did you use? The cut off wheel? I think if I attempted that I would have busted a few dozen of 'em!
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    Universal cycles has them for $35

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdr01930
    What did you use? The cut off wheel? I think if I attempted that I would have busted a few dozen of 'em!
    I used up 3 cutoff disks. A woven fiber abrasive disk and part of a cylindrical stone. Also use a small hand file to square up the "pins".
    Probably going to do some more clean up on it before welding on the crossbar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperIN
    Universal cycles has them for $35
    I saw that one and I don't think it would fit the older Headshoks. On the older Headshocks, the top cap does not come off the shaft (at least from what I can see). The socket cost me less that 4 bucks.
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    Finally done. Welded a flat piece of steel to the socket and did some more grinding. Need to crank up the current on the welder and practice more.
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    The final fit. Just in case you are wondering how it fit. I got lucky.
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