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 Post subject: Headset Cup Press
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:18 pm 
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About a year and a half ago, MiLo (mloteyro) and I started putting bikes together in our garages (MiLo was doing this a bit longer than I). After upgrading a few bikes and kind of learning the mechanics of it all, I decided I wanted to put a bike together from scratch. So I bought the frame (craigslist) and the rest of the components (EBay baby). Then I realized you needed special tools for some things. That can get pretty expensive (as you all would know). So I decided to see how I could make some of my own tools cheaper. I started with the Cup Press. I think the cheapest I found this for was around $50 on EBay. So I went to Home Depot, and there it was... Here is my version of the cup press. It ain't pretty, but it sure as hell works and it's cheap (I think a total of $15).

Simple set up. 2 oversized washers, 2 nuts (size depends on rod - no smartalik comments now - okay go ahead) and a threaded rod.

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Put them together as such

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Just take a lock wrench and press them together making sure you press them evenly.

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Perhaps a simple idea, but definately made a world of difference for my bikes. Thanks for listening.

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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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I have the same tool at home and it is made with all Home Depot parts. Cost: $1.50, Thanks for sharing as I am too lazy to post.

Now we are at it, I will show you my other home made tools. Headset cup removal and race installer. To be posted here soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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I have pretty much the same "exotic" tool myself! Except I use round washers that fit inside of the cups.

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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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I have pretty much the same "exotic" tool myself! Except I use round washers that fit inside of the cups.




did you drill holes on that too?

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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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Good stuff. I knew it was a simple tool, and that a lot of people probably already had one of these. I would love to see the other homemade tools. Can't wait. :cheers:

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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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I would love to see the other homemade tools. Can't wait. :cheers:




i built this one when i got back from 'Nam...


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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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That's HOT. Are you making this on the market??? I know a bunch of Florida rednecks that would buy you out!!!

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i just use my hands to press those C cups. oops wrong topic...


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 Post subject: Re: Headset Cup Press
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Be carefull with those things Mac Gyvers, my buddy split a head tube like a tin can not paying attention and the head set wasn't plum, he just threw that frame away. I've seen a lot of head sets put in with the washers and bolt setup, but after seeing that I saved my money and bought a park headset press, If any one ever needs one, just ask.

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yeah you have to be really careful. my homemade press will get all cockeyed and it could warp the tube if i'm not watching. especially on steel frames...


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Yeah, gotta be cautious! I start mine with gentle tapping with a mallet and wood block, eyeballing it very carefully before putting the screws to it.

[By the way, it's about time for a McGyver post!... altho maybe it oughta be a Garage post. I like to see which will go longer w/o a post, McGyver or F88.]


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I am all about MacGyvering it. I would loe to hear how you guys DIY. I am a hands on guy. It's a different ride when you know you are the one who put it together. Keep this section posted for real.

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