so I've replaced the bottom headset on my 2016 Kona Jake the Snake as the old one was rough and rusted. The replacement is the same size in all dimensions however doesn't seem to fit in properly - between the fork and the bottom of the frame there's a sizeable gap. There's no movement in the headset, it's just got about 5mm of space.
The headset purchased is the following: https://www.evanscycles.com/pro-headset-replacement-bearing-outer-52-inner-40-height-7-mm-EV204261
This photo shows that gap, I estimate it to be around 5mm.
this photo shows how it was before tightened the compression screw on the top. I noticed it wasn't quite right so tried to remove it - but it's now jammed into the frame. Comparing the old headset's fit onto the fork, it sits in a very similar way, albeit with a very slightly smaller gap.
This image shows the factory photos of the bike - the gap is visible, which makes me think it's always been like this. There's no crown race on the bottom of the fork, only the taper.
I guess my question is threefold - firstly is there anything that can be done to fix this? the second is, is this safe to ride like this? It seems it's been close to this from factory and the replacement headset is identical to the old one (both are cartridges btw!) The final question is - if it isn't sad for fixable - how does one go about removing a wedged headset cartridge from the frame without mangling it?