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Bottom fork bearing race removal

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Ozzie770, 7 Oct 2017.

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  1. Ozzie770

    Ozzie770 Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    hi
    can anybody tell me if you can remove the bottom ball bearing race (or whatever its called) or is it welded on, as I need to remove it so I can sand it down
    regards Ozzie
     

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  2. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Should be removable as it's an interference (friction) fit. The silver cap over the fork crown will slide off as well.

    What bike is it off?
     
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  3. It may have welded itself on, its not unheard of. If it has, you'll have to 'sand it' with files. They are readily available, frame builders ( proper frames, not that new fangled CF muck ) would be at a loss without them. If it is going to release, a whack with a well placed mallet / chisel should release it.
     
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  4. Oldfentiger

    Oldfentiger Über Member

    Location:
    Pendle, Lancs
    My method is to lightly grip the steerer in a vice and, using a small punch, tap around the bottom of the race. Doesn’t need heavy impacts. Always worked for me.
     
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  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I use a flat-headed screwdriver and a hammer. Work your way around it tapping gently and it will come off.
     
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  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
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    Ozzie770

    Ozzie770 Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Triumph Tenerife
     
  8. OP
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    Ozzie770

    Ozzie770 Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Thanks Oldfentiger, done that and its come off with no damage
     
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  9. OP
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    Ozzie770

    Ozzie770 Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Thanks for all that commented,.. Got it off now... Back to the sanding down...........
     
  10. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Triumph often had the chrome over the fork crown as a cap for decoration

    tr3.jpg

    Glad yours came off ok :smile:
     
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  11. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guru

    Location:
    Crawley
    I can't see how, as that tool is for getting the cup out of the head tube. The OP wanted to get the race off the fork. Anyway, he's got it off now, so all is well.
     
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  12. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    Location:
    East Devon
    What is your motive in wanting to "sand it down"?
     
  13. OP
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    Ozzie770

    Ozzie770 Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Doing a complete restore and respray
     
  14. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    You might be better off getting it sand blasted. The same company could probably spray it for you as well.
     
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    Ozzie770

    Ozzie770 Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Prefer to spray it myself, as most of the sandblasters use powder coating which I don't like... Nearly finished with the frame now, just need the finer wet and dry.
    The forks I think have come up pretty good.. IMG_20171008_144637.jpg
     

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