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    New fork install...what's with that?

    Finally pulled the trigger on a new fork, goodbye Dart 2. I think I'll cut the steering tube with a pipe cutter to match the length of the old fork. Besides that, do I only have to swap out the race on the old fork? What's the best way to do that? Thanks.
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    Yes, you will probably have to swap the crown race. Google it for detailed instructions, but I think you might be best off having a shop do it for a few bucks.
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    You will need to remove the crown race and put it on the new fork. You can use a small screwdriver to pry up the race a little and then use a punch and hammer to remove it. I use a piece of pipe with a pvc fitting on the end to press it onto the fork. You will also need a starnut, which can be a little tricky to install the first time. The starnut is the threaded part inside that allows you to tighten the stem down on the headset. I usually just screw in the bolt into the center of it and then hammer it in by hitting the bolt.
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    Thanks guys. I opted for the easy route and brought it over to the shop for installation. It's been at the shop a week already with the holiday closures and needing to order a front disc caliper adapter for the new fork. I've gone with a full upgrade; new rear shock, new fork, seat post and pedals. Can't wait to get everything installed and hit the trails!
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    What new parts did you get?
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    The fork is a new Rockshox Tora 318 coil U-Turn with handle bar mounted poplock. The rear shock is a new Rockshox MC 3.3. The pedals are Redline platforms. I needed some offset in the seat post with saddle angle adjustment so I picked up a Easton EA 50.
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