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Headset Grit

omblaeomblae Posts: 206
edited October 2007 in MTB workshop & tech
I recently fitted a new headset to my frame. It's an FSA the Pig bmx style headset, for use with a 1.1/8 steerer. Now however, the forks don't spin freely on their own, instead they stop after about two revolutions. I can hear a gritty sort of noise inside the headset, i think there might be some grit in there but i was told this was not a major problem?

The bearings are the right way round as are all the seals. I was thinking about sticking some more grease on them to see if that makes a difference.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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On upgrades? Pay someone œ90 to take it away.
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Strip it out, make sure the cups are seated properly, and then put back together after a clean and grease.
  • omblaeomblae Posts: 206
    supersonic wrote:
    Strip it out, make sure the cups are seated properly, and then put back together after a clean and grease.

    Cheers yeah that's what i thought, would you know if it mattered whether there was any sand/grit inside?
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Ben Bramhill</i>

    On upgrades? Pay someone œ90 to take it away.
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    It wont be good for the cups and bearings.
  • omblaeomblae Posts: 206
    If i completely cover it in grease hopefully it won't be too much of an issue.
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Ben Bramhill</i>

    On upgrades? Pay someone œ90 to take it away.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    if there is grit in there it will be an issue.
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  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,496
    omblae wrote:
    I recently fitted a new headset to my frame. It's an FSA the Pig bmx style headset, for use with a 1.1/8 steerer. Now however, the forks don't spin freely on their own, instead they stop after about two revolutions. I can hear a gritty sort of noise inside the headset, i think there might be some grit in there but i was told this was not a major problem?

    The bearings are the right way round as are all the seals. I was thinking about sticking some more grease on them to see if that makes a difference.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    your headset could be to tight.

    Dennis noward
  • Paul ShPaul Sh Posts: 607
    How do you get them back out once they are in, a headset that is :?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Headset remover tool.
  • deanvwdeanvw Posts: 412
    or. seat post and hammer, take stem off put seat into headtube and rest on the bearing cup, hit with mallet then when loose turn the seastpost to the other side and it should just fall out.
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