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I have dismantled a modern AHead set in order to replace the riser for a taller one. (I am mostly use to the old style 'quill' system, please note!) On this modern headset I have removed the long bolt - as one must - but now find it difficult (impossible?) to get the bolt to screw back into what I presume must be - should be - some nut or threaded element deep inside the head tube. What is the trick?? Might a nut have moved? (I can't see anything and upending the bike and shaking produces no loose nut.) On line maintenance manuals seem to ignore headsets other than making adjustments. Can anyone help? I am far from a bike shop ! Thanks Ray

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With a taller stack of spacers you would probably need a LONGER center screw to reach the 'Star-Fangled Nut' that should still be lodged inside the steerer tube.

* The SFN is designed to resist being pulled UP in the steerer, but can be pushed down.

If you CAN reach the nut with the screw you have but it doesn't start threading it could be that the nut has shifted so it's not aligned concentrically with the steerer. You might be able to reach down in there with something long and thin and re-align it. If it's a lost cause it can be pounded down out of the way with a mallet and a screw driver. Then get a new one and start over.

Keep in mind that the screw in question is NOT for tightening the stem down on the bearings. It is to make the proper adjustment of 'tight enough without wobble or bearing bind'. Then you tighten the screws on the side of the stem to maintain that adjustment.

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