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Hi there, I just purchased a new Specialized Pro Set II MTB stem, and am having some complication putting it on my 2011 Trek Marlin.


So I looked up the instructions Specialized has online for installing these:
StarCap:
http://service.specialized.com/coll...em---Five-Star-Stem-Cap-Instruction-Guide.pdf
Stem:
http://service.specialized.com/coll...Stem---Carbon-Road-Stem-Instruction-Guide.pdf

Here's the problems i've ran in to (I've attached pictures so you can see):
1. Can't put spacer above stem as IT SAYS TO DO on star cap instructions, because my spacer 10379223_10203989558961565_1577573419_n.jpg s are thinner in diameter than stem top. Plus(see #2)
2. if I find a larger spacer, the star cap won't fit it as it is the same size as the spacers I have now.

3. If I leave the top without spacers (As it looks like people in other forums say you have to do) I have 2 problems:
a. the top screw that tightens the stem to the steerer tube is above the steerer tube itself. 10425728_10203989559161570_1182580472_n.jpg
b. the star cap/compression cap is inside the stem, resting on the shim, meaning the only thing holding the stem on the steerer are the screws 10419729_10203989559081568_682643453_n.jpg
So it appears my only options are getting a larger compression/star cap that fits the diameter of the actual stem, OR getting a wide spacer to put on top that fits the stem's diameter, and extends to where the compression cap would rest on it also.

Opinions? Would a cap or spacer like this be available at my small LBS?

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(Also can't remove a spacer, as seen above)

Thanks
 
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