Vintage cartridge bearing press for old fisher mtb

red66toy

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Hey all,
Anyone on here with the press in cartridge bearing bottom brackets used on old Kleins and fishers and other vintage MTBs? I need to replace the bearings and spindle but don't have the right tool. What is everyone using for this job? Hammer and socket or a actual press?
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Alright, got a new spindle and bearings from Phil Wood. I attempted to do it with just a brass hammer and couldn't get it perfect. So I took it all apart. Next I set the non-drive side spindle-bearing length, put that in the bottom bracket. Now the plan is to build a little press to press in the drive side bearing while keeping the non-drive side settings stable. Nothing like making your own tools.
 

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Ok, lots of washers and a piece of pipe and I was in business. I over thought the press part of it and a C-clamp ended up being the missing piece to the puzzle. Project done and now the crank spins smoooooooth with no side to side movement.
 
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Just saw this but seems a bit late at this point. Forget if we used to have a specific tool for this but if memory serves we just used some type of park tool B.B. press. You can generally always adapt any sort of press such as a headset press with pretty good luck. Just grease or anti seize well and ensure they go in straight and are being pressing on the outer races. If issues arise bribe someone with a lathe to make a properly sized adapter for whatever press you come up with. Most guys/gals with a garage consider decent beer currency. Espically in the bike industry. Best of luck!
 

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Ok, lots of washers and a piece of pipe and I was in business. I over thought the press part of it and a C-clamp ended up being the missing piece to the puzzle. Project done and now the crank spins smoooooooth with no side to side movement.
C clamp press.....I’ve used it once or twice. Nice job!
 
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