Amelia Squariel: FH – Steering Head

 Now that the body is on the bench I can begin to assemble a few of it, making an allowance for that I have to go away mating elements for the paint to completely treatment.

I begin by decreasing the peak of the carry in order that I can simply get to the pinnacle races within the body, to filter out the paint and primer with a knife, scraper and emery. That is fairly simple because the paint is comparatively mushy, not like powder coat.

Subsequent step is to wash and match the races, which go on simply with a copper mallet and a tubular drift. Then it is 1/4″ ball bearings, 20 in every race in keeping with the elements ebook, retained with grease. There normally seems to be a spot the place you would match yet another ball, however you must at all times go by the elements ebook – the hole is there to permit the balls to maneuver freely.

The highest race is simpler to assemble, because the internal retains the balls:

Ariels have a mud cowl excessive race. You will observe that I have not fitted the grease nipples to the body – I’ll, however all they do is permit the body tubes to refill with grease. There’s nothing aside from a lacking felt washer to direct the grease to the bearing; the washer is proven within the entrance fork diagram within the elements ebook however would not seem within the elements record.

Subsequent, you might have the reasonably precarious exercise of bringing the decrease yoke up by means of the steering head  and thru the highest race, hopefully with out disturbing the balls. Sticky grease helps, as does a dry match of all of the elements. Do not forget that the highest internal race matches tightly across the steering column so you have to take away the paint from the advantageous thread, ensuring the adjustment nuts match:

Subsequent we’ll go to the opposite finish and match the swinging arm. It isn’t apparent, however it is a time when the bike carry could be very helpful – you are able to do all this work on the most comfy working peak.