proper headset assembly help older bike?

Feb 7, 2020
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Hey all, I took apart an unnamed bicycle to clean it up and now am putting it back together. I took pictures of the headset / fork so I knew what order the washers / parts went in, but for some reason its now super rough now when you try to "turn" / spin the fork around.

Do I need to lube up the threads? Everywhere I read said not to do it, but is that for newer bikes? I'm just not sure why its so rough now as It was smooth prior to this.

 
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Clean up the bottom race on the fork so it's smooth. Slide the fork in and turn it to check the smoothness of the bottom set of bearings first, before tightening the top nut. Flip the bearings if it doesn't turn freely, check it again, then tighten down the top nut and see if it still turns freely. If not, flip the top bearings over and that should do the trick.
 
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Hey all, I took apart an unnamed bicycle to clean it up and now am putting it back together. I took pictures of the headset / fork so I knew what order the washers / parts went in, but for some reason its now super rough now when you try to "turn" / spin the fork around.

Do I need to lube up the threads? Everywhere I read said not to do it, but is that for newer bikes? I'm just not sure why its so rough now as It was smooth prior to this.

As they are sitting on the photo, the bottom one is ok. But the top one is upside down


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