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Militant commuter
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Is that race threaded, but without wrench flats? There were other (usually cheap) threaded headsets that had knurling on that race instead of flats...you tightened it by hand and held it in place while wrenching on the locknut.

You know...threaded headsets are pretty cheap -- if this thing can't be adjusted to your satisfaction, it could be replaced with something more suitable.

And, my guess is that center piece is a sawed-off reflector bracket.
 

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Yes, try to tighten it more using the method FB describes. It may never be able to reduce all the play, though, and as I'm sure you know, threaded headsets start to come loose after a period of time. If the bearings are getting old or worn, it may just be time to pull the trigger on a new headset.
 

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Sure, if the races are in good shape, it's easy to replace the (probably) caged bearings with loose ones. That doesn't necessarily eliminate the tightening problem, though, but it may help and is an inexpensive experiment in any case.
 
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