NO TOOL? Removing a Snap Ring / Cir-Clip


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NO TOOL? Removing a Snap Ring / Cir-Clip

Postby FM-USA » Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:03 am



For those who don't have Snap Ring / Cir-Clip Pliers.
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When I was a kid (12 y/o) working on my 1965 Dream-Cycle, my dad didn't have Cir-Clip Pliers so I had to make something up. Scrounging in his tool boxes I came on this solution.
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* Take 2 long tempered finishing nails and grind the points flat.
* Tape the heads together. Years later I found a rubber band works better.
* Use a flat blade screwdriver to open the nails and insert into the Cir-Clip.
* One hand hold the nails head, the other use (preferably) needle nose pliers to squeeze the nails together and remove/replace.
. . . . . ENJOY!
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"Some of the best tools you'll ever have, are those you made."

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Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
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Re: NO TOOL? Removing a Snap Ring / Cir-Clip

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:45 pm

I've made quite a few tools, never thought to make one like this. I'd say it's worth the money to buy the right tool in this case, especially for the circlip on the output shaft. Not a multiuse pliers, one dedicated to this use!

Thanks for the idea, love to see ideas!

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Re: NO TOOL? Removing a Snap Ring / Cir-Clip

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:25 pm

oops... double post.
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Last edited by FM-USA on Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
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Re: NO TOOL? Removing a Snap Ring / Cir-Clip

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:30 pm

BRIANINMAINE wrote:I've made quite a few tools, never thought to make one like this. I'd say it's worth the money to buy the right tool in this case, especially for the circlip on the output shaft. Not a multiuse pliers, one dedicated to this use!

Thanks for the idea, love to see ideas!

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You're Welcome.
OH, I now have the 'Jesus Clip' plyers. Had to get the full set when I was a truck mechanic. Before that was my tool making days.
Odd thing is, when I made something it seemed like ALWAYS someone else put it on the market just months after seeing mine. Snap-On was the worst culprit (damn thieves, I never seen a cent!).
Honda and Harley were just as bad. Honda took my frame idea and put it on there mid-70's 500. Hardley took my paint theme and put it on one of there 1976 models, copied it almost to the 'T'.
GRRrrrrrrr.

OH, forgot. Allis Chalmers engine division. I reground a 30" long drill bit so it would last longer than MAYBE ONE oil hole (crank size dependent).
It's now on the market as a Self Pilot Drill Bit. The bit looks like it has a mini drill bit stuck on its tip and the rest of the bit is 'X' size.
YUP, that was my idea. If you ever used one.... you'd NEVER go back to normal bits.
When the Tool Room seen what I did to there drill bit they wanted me fired. Said I was destroying there equipment.
REALLY? My drill bit were lasting 2 to 4 times longer,... I'm destroying what?
Maybe the ONLY thing I was destroying is time off the production clock!
DANG INGRATES!!!
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: NO TOOL? Removing a Snap Ring / Cir-Clip

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:44 pm

WHOOPS..... had a couple beers tonight. Do it show? LOL!!!


"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.


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