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    Replacing seatpost shim in a Litespeed?

    So the seatpost shim in the 97 ocoee has worn a little after 10 and a bit years of use.

    Has anyone had litespeed (or someone else) replace these shims? How are they installed? Assume the shims are just an interference fit?

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    Oddly enough I've just asked Litespeed, Lynskey and a friend at Airbus about the removal and refitting of the headset (and seatpost) shims in my '97 Ocoee. They're aluminium, apparently, and when re-installing them the 3 different companies have all recommended a 2-part epoxy adhesive. According to my aerospace buddy, the stuff to go for is 3M's EC9323, although getting hold of it might be a problem! (I'm in the UK) The headset shims might be drifted out with a headset removal tool (or permanently wrecked - no-one's sure :-() but I'm not sure about the seatpost.

    If you want to get it factory done, then drop Litespeed a line. They were super helpful for me (as were Lynskey)..

    I'll keep you posted as to how I get on.

    Barney

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    Barney,

    let me know how you go.

    I'm in the UK also. Not heard anything back from litespeed...

    john

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    Progress report

    Right

    The other night, my mate Shaggy and I had a stab at the heatset shims - once the headset was removed, the headset sleeves drifted out with no problems at all, the lower one particularly (this I suspect was the creaking one). There seemed to be a little smearing of glue, but nothing too full on. Certainly not epoxy-hard..

    I've cleaned them up as much as I can with acetone (same for the inside of the head tube), and I'll re-fit them (with a headset press) with some epoxy. Araldite Precision looks like the best (home available) bet so far.

    Occurs to me with the seatpost that you might be able to find a post to fit without the sleeve? The main issue with the sleeve is going to be getting it out! Some sort of inverted headset tool would be ideal, I guess..

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    So you've refitted your existing shim?

    If I could get hold of a new one I'd give the seatpost one a try.

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    I suspect you'll have to get one made..

    Failing that, (this is a *big* maybe) USE and some other companies do a lot of seatpost shims for 27.2 seatposts. It's possible that one of them will fit (but I don't know the internal diameter of the seat tube...)..

    Have a look on Chain Reaction.

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