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Offline Big Hooper

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installing new cranks- really that hard?
« on: August 09, 2008, 04:41:14 PM »
Just got some XT cranks with BB and looking at how to change out my Truvative. They both have the external bearings. Is it hard to do yourself or am I just thinking too hard about it. Of course i would need the correct tools first.
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Re: installing new cranks- really that hard?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2008, 07:59:08 PM »
Once you have the correct tool, installing the external bearing cranks is pretty easy -

1.  Thread the bearing cups into the frame
2.  Slide the crank with the axle through the frame
3.  Install the cap piece on the other end
4.  Tighten the pinch bolts
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Re: installing new cranks- really that hard?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2008, 10:18:47 PM »
You will want to know your bottom bracket width to install install the correct # of spacers. A 1/2" drive bearing cup socket is nice so you can torque to spec and Shimano makes a little tool called a FN-16 used to screw the end cap on finger tight to space the crank arm in place.

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Re: installing new cranks- really that hard?
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008, 05:32:08 PM »
Thanks for the advice. Job is complete and now have a sweet XT crankset installed on the stumpy. The hardest part was figuring out how to remove the  Truvativ Stylo crank that came on the bike. But...... the internet is a wonderful tool. A little searching and found out how. I now own my first bike specific tool. Parktools bottom bracket wrench.... just a start.  ;D
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