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    taking off star nuts?

    do you just bang them out? and can they be reused?

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    I think you would be better off just doing whatever it takes to remove it, and buying a new one from the lbs. They're pretty cheap anyways.

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    Definitely buy a new one. If you can, I suggest buying a Headlock instead unless your fork can't use one... like my PIKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standard235
    Definitely buy a new one. If you can, I suggest buying a Headlock instead unless your fork can't use one... like my PIKE.

    i noticed there's a plug with a threaded hole at the bottom of the steer tube...i guess that's to keep the crown and steerer together......couldn't this be used with a smaller diameter headlock bolt?

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    I woudn't bang one out you will score the inside of the steer tube all the way down. I have a die grinder @ work w/ a carbide bur, shaped like a narrow christmas tree. Drilled out the center threads then opened the center w/ the carbide tip till it fell out in peices.

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    Don't mention star nuts to me!

    I've had to remove 2 of the little blighters this week and what an arse on that was!

    Best to use a screw driver to prize them up a little bit, and continue to use pliers and the screw driver to remove. It takes time and effort but it'll come out eventually.

    I wouldnt recommend trying to reuse it afterwards though!

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    It's fine to bang one out. It will score the headtube a bit, but it's not like it's going to make a difference. You shouldn't reuse them.

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    I've re-used them plenty of times. Knock it out with a long 1/2" socket extension or something similar, carefully bend the flanges back towards straight a bit with some pliers and put it on in. If it isn't too shot it should hold enough. It's only there for a temporary tightening anyway, as the pinch bolts on the stem do all the work holding things together.

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    dont re-use it..get a head lock.

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    bang it out from the bottom out the top. one good wack and it comes right out

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    i just banged mine out with a screwdriver, and was able to reuse it again lucky me, gonna get a headlock though
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    yeah just bang it out. they are real cheap so u can just buy a new one
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    Head Lock...++++1!!!! All the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skate
    I think you would be better off just doing whatever it takes to remove it, and buying a new one from the lbs. They're pretty cheap anyways.

    yep screwdriver and forget getting a new one......go head lock

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    yep screwdriver and forget getting a new one......go head lock

    http://www.azonicusa.com/catalog/pro...roducts_id=119
    Yeah, those look like they'd hold tight, but the reason for a star nut not holding so tight is so you don't side load the headset bearings too much. Looks like a noob mechanic could screw up his headset with one of those.....

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    Starnut? its not shaped like a star? Correct term is starfangled nut. Yea the fangs they grip and scrape the inside of your steerrrr tube like fangs. Its not so cute at all.

    No cuteness in this forum nope
    Last edited by SLX; 04-02-2006 at 04:52 PM.

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    Ya I had to bang one out of my 66SL and it was a pain! Im using a modded headlock. The nut that goes into the fork at the bottom was to big, so I had to shave a little off to get it fit (still took along time), but I think it was worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLX
    Starnut sounds much cutier than headlock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Yeah, those look like they'd hold tight, but the reason for a star nut not holding so tight is so you don't side load the headset bearings too much. Looks like a noob mechanic could screw up his headset with one of those.....

    nah......you bjust back off a hair after tightening everything up
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    emo boy............................
    blah, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLX
    blah, no.
    better edit your post then
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    i got it out but forgot that ill be using a zero stem and there is no way to use a starnut or a topcap on it... any idea how those work? do you just squeze everything together and tighten the stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shook_dh
    i got it out but forgot that ill be using a zero stem and there is no way to use a starnut or a topcap on it... any idea how those work? do you just squeze everything together and tighten the stem?

    something wrong
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    better edit your post then
    err ill try

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    Quote Originally Posted by cake96861
    Ya I had to bang one out of my 66SL and it was a pain! Im using a modded headlock. The nut that goes into the fork at the bottom was to big, so I had to shave a little off to get it fit (still took along time), but I think it was worth it!

    well, there's always the option of leaving the 7 grammed crapstarnutfukker in there...for like, forever...hell it will probably help balance your bike.

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    Post a picture of your 0mm extension stem so we can figure it out.

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    i think i get it the topcap is under the steerer tube and to get to it you take off the top part that holds the bars. interesting

    look on the bottom http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...02#post1657002

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    yes you can just tap them out. and no, get a new one.
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