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    moving headset spacers

    I dont know where this thread belongs but since I spend alot of time here this is where i will post it

    Can someone walk me through removing the headset to move a spacer from below to above. Specifically which order do i loosen/tighten the top bolt and two side bolts. Please dont link me to the park tools website-i have been there-looking for a simpler description

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    When loosening, order of bolts should not matter.

    Top bolt puts tension on the internal parts of your headset, keeping it in place.

    The side bolts attach the stem (and handlebars) to this system.

    Straight from Park Tools:
    4. Align stem straight to wheel and gently secure the top bolt. Stop when any resistance is felt.
    5. Tighten stem bolt(s).


    http://www.ehow.com/video_2360978_re...ebar-stem.html
    (The goods start at about 1:15, but he doesn't show how to place the stem back on the bike.)

    (Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm no mechanic.)
    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    ...it's just that when I'm wondering what things are like head tube, seat post, cranks, flux capacitor, SS, FS, hardtail...

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    If you can't handle this task with parktool's site, you can't handle this task. Take it to a bike shop and save yourself from the inevitable Darwin-worthy result of you trying to change the only thing keeping your face from smashing the steerer tube.
    Don't you hate it when a sentence doesn't end the way you think it octopus?

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    Thanks for your concern, but I am going to give it a go anyway-I can handle the park tools site just though if someone had done it before they could give me a quick run through

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum
    If you can't handle this task with parktool's site, you can't handle this task. Take it to a bike shop and save yourself from the inevitable Darwin-worthy result of you trying to change the only thing keeping your face from smashing the steerer tube.
    I wholeheartedly agree. Also...if you have the ability to post the question on the internet, why not just do a quick Google and get the answer in about five thousand videos.
    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    ...it's just that when I'm wondering what things are like head tube, seat post, cranks, flux capacitor, SS, FS, hardtail...

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    sorry-didn't know my question would bother you guys so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prinaldi
    sorry-didn't know my question would bother you guys so much.
    You got your answer in the first response; loosen stem bolts, take off the top cap, move headset spacers. Then put the top cap back on with the PROPER TENSION and tighten the stem bolts. Be wary of the headset tension, it can ruin your headset if it's either too loose or too tight.
    Don't you hate it when a sentence doesn't end the way you think it octopus?

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    no prob on the question...If I understand completely...
    loosen and remove the top cap...loosen the side stem bolts and slide the stem off the steer tube.
    slide the spacer that you want to move off the steer tube.

    slide stem back on...
    slide the spacer on top of the stem
    insert the top cap and tighten (NOT TOO TIGHT)
    tighten stem bolts (alternating)

    You dont need to remove the headset.
    I think this should do it...
    good luck!

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    Unless you're running an agleset. Cane Creek actually says in a "how to" vid to tighten down hard, beyond normal just snugness... I'll look for the id. Think it was on Pinkbike.
    here: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/tech-tu...tall-2011.html

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    thanks everyone

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