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    Question Carlos: Homemade Race Setter

    Thanks for the headset press tips. Got another for you: I'm needing a race setter for a carbon fork 1 1/8". I've been looking at the ones that Park makes et al, and figure I can make something just as good but way cheaper. Here's what I've been thinkin about trying:

    1) Getting a 1 1/8 isd steel pipe, longer han the forks steerer and two washers to put at the bottom of the pipe between the race (as not to mar the race).

    2) Getting a pipe with a little bit larger diameter and sure various washers to offset different sizes of steerer tubes.

    Basically, what I've seen, a race setter is nothing more than a slide hammer (albeit a little more simple). Would this type of improvising work, or should I just take it to a shop/buy the tools and do it right? I don't know how many more headsets I'll intsall, that's why I've been holding off on the buying the tool.
    "As long as I breathe, I attack"-Bernard Hinault
    I've got more skill on two wheels than the majority of people have on two legs.

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    I just use a drift punch. Seems to work just fine.

    If you want to make a tool, why not just use PVC pipe? No chance if it maring the race...

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    I thought about that too. I think PVC would split easier, even though I've got a cup removal tool made out of one.
    "As long as I breathe, I attack"-Bernard Hinault
    I've got more skill on two wheels than the majority of people have on two legs.

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    i think the option 2 is a good one. a little bigger ID than the steerer and you'll not have to worry about marring the steerer.

    then some washers to press in the race.

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