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Old 03-06-20, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Depends on the paint job. If going for a pro job, yeah, you may need to pull the race off the fork crown. If it's a home rattle can job, masking it may suffice. If powder coating, it (usually) must be removed.

I purchased an inexpensive puller tool like this $24 one:

crown race tool on amazon

It works best when getting it in place and working the race off by hitting the tool with a rubber mallet.

To reinstall, I use a 9" long section of 1" pvc pipe and the mallet (or floor).
Back in my bike shop days we had a section of galvanized sprinkler pipe that fit over the steerer. Use it like a slide hammer and the crown race goes right on.
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