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Old 11-22-2012, 09:27 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Not if you use some sort of a drift...
So you need two tools then (Triumph tool and a drift) and a hammer. Unfortunately I only have two arms, so will contintue to draw it in using the acorn nut
Another advantage of doing it this way is that you can draw it in really slowly so as to not damage the o-ring, which is what we are trying to achieve in the first place. I'm very suprised that the spindle cap can be removed from the spindle though. Are the T140 spindles constructed the same as the T120 spindles?
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John Healy over on the Britbike forum replied to a similar thread to what I have here, regarding these stinkin' o-rings. He says it is possible to get them installed properly and that the factory tool is useless. Here's a link to that thread to maintain continuity.

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbth...90&#Post464390

I'm probably going to try John's method.

Cyber - note that in John's reply, he says "tap" not pull in with the nut. John's a recognized expert on these bikes so if there were a better way, I think he'd be using it. Not trying to be right here, just trying to avoid problems for others.

My understanding is the cap is a press fit onto the spindle. A press fit is normally a pretty robust way of attaching something that is not in tension. I had to re-machine my caps because of a ham fisted mechanic using a metal hammer on them at some point and I the time, I thought they were one piece. It wasn't until I started to research the o-ring installation that I learned they were separate pieces.

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Tried John Healy's method with mixed results. Please see my resto thread for the rest of the story. I'm not done trying that method yet. I think it has the most promise for a undamage o-ring installation. It's just a matter of perfecting my technique.

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