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I'm looking for a head locker or head doctor with a 'potts modification' (hollow bolt to allow the front brake cable to be ran through the steer tube). I saw a link to one, now I can't find it.

I am trying to avoid installing another star nut if possible.

Thanks in advance for your help. :)
 

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Good luck. My Eastern Traildigger 26 has this mod, but most of the Potts mods I'm seeing has the "star nut" (or whatever teh equivalent is) actually welded into the fork. My 20" has an Odyssey fork which has the nut welded, as well. I'd ask this on PinkBike.com which has a lot more urban and DJ riders.
 

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Thanks for the links, but what I really want is to get away from star nuts.

I saw a link to a hollow head doctor in a thread on here somewhere, too bad I didn't bookmark it. I'll keep looking.
 

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BMeX said:
Thanks for the links, but what I really want is to get away from star nuts.

I saw a link to a hollow head doctor in a thread on here somewhere, too bad I didn't bookmark it. I'll keep looking.
I ride BMX, and a lot of guys use the FSA star nut thing. If it's good enough for BMX'ers, I think it'd be fine for a DJ/Urban bike with a suspension fork. If you don't have the tool to set it - I would definetely buy one or take it to the LBS to have it set. It DOES make a difference.
 

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Cheers Dion. :)

I'm also a long time bmx rider, hell, I remember when the Potts mod was invented :p , remember the ACS rotor? What a nightmare that was. :eekster:

I've never had a star nut fail on me, but first thing I did when buying my first 26" a couple of months ago was strip it down to the last bolt and rebuild it, all the kids working are bike shops around here are completely inept.

I had to buy quite a few tools specific to 26" to do this, and am trying to avoid buying any more as I really need to save for new forks.

I could try and borrow the tool but the kids down at the LBS are not allowed to touch my bike. :nono:

Since I plan on replacing the forks anyway, I figured a head doctor or head locker is not a bad idea.

Honestly, right now running with no star nut or cap at all, just made an allthread tool for setting preload. I like it this way as the cable has more room to move as the forks compress. ;)

Hollow head doctor would be much prettier though. :p
 

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Putting in a star nut requires high technology tools like a threaded rod, washer, and a nut. Should cost you about $5 all in.

I ALSO didn't like how relatively restricted the brake line was in there, so I sprung the hose with a hair elastic; worked so much better than I thought it would for basically free AND it looked fine (elastic was inside the headtube).
 

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Hell, I currently work at a bike shop that has three different star nut setters, but here at home, I have learned to use a 10-12mm deep socket to the same effect. Dont be a sucker. Some "special tools" arent really all that special lol!
 

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You guys are better than me. I've been wrenching bikes for years and set the star nut using sockets, threaded rods, witchcraft, etc. I've stripped them, set them in crooked, yelled in frustration.

I bought the tool for a whopping $20 and had a perfect set everytime. :)
 
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