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Old 03-07-20, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
For steel crown races, I clamp the fork upside down in my vise and tap it off with a hammer and punch. Light taps all around do the job.
This method works fine if you are careful. BITD we knocked these off in the shop with a Campagnolo tool and hammer. The campy remover was just a honkin U shaped steel thing. I'm not sure what the advantage of these newfangled fancy tools is. Oh, I guess you don't want to be hammering on carbon forks...

If you do take the fork to the shop, take it there after painting to have the surface faced before a new headset crown race is installed. This wasn't always done on production bikes. (I don't know what kind of bike this is)
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