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    Star nut removal, or...

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    So, I'm in the process of rebuilding my wife's bike. I got a fork that has never been mounted on a bike, but the steerer was cut. It's the right length, but they had already installed the star nut. I have a hope headset to install with head doctor. Is there a way to remove the nut, or should I push it down the tube? The hope cap screw fits the star nut. Should I consider using the star nut with the hope headset, or does that sound like a bad idea?

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    Drill out the center of the star nut.

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    Sounds simple enough. Thanks!

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    you can always push it down and leave it in there

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    Or, install a top cap and get a spare steel bolt. And just keep tightening down on the bolt which will pull the star nut up. When it's close to the top, you can pull on it with vise-grips or something by rocking it back and forth.

    If you're lucky, while you are pulling it up, it'll just bend enough that it will come right now.

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    I would rather knock it down a bit than try to pry it out the top and mar up the inside of the tube

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho View Post
    Drill out the center of the star nut.
    this...

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    Yeah, they can be tapped downwards and out much easier than they will move up - which is the sort of force they are designed to resist. You can tap them out with a good sized wooden dowel, or similar.
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Why not just use the star nut? They've been working really well for a decade now.

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