gas line and spring clamps!


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gas line and spring clamps!

Postby flyweed » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:47 pm



Hey all,

I just uncovered my 1986 GL1200 to get it ready to ride this spring..and notice a gas leak..thought it was the fuel pump...took the covers off, and upon further inspection it was a line at the "T" that was leaking..I checked the other lines, and they are all in need of replacing from the pump to the T and each line to the carbs on either side. I ordered the OEM Honda 5.5mm gas line, and those little spring clips...my question is....is there a GOOD tool that actually works top open and close those stupid little spring clips, in these tight spaces? I mean, I can get worm drive clamps on MOST of the connections, but there is NO WAY I'll be able to get a worm drive on the left side carb connection...just no room

Any suggestions???

Thanks



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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:59 pm

I bought a really long set of angled needle nose pliers that work well.there about 14" long.Just be sure that they have ridges in the gripper end and not smooth.

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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby MikeB » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:14 pm

I have had excellent luck with standard slip joint piers.

Or you can try Lineman's Pliers.

As long as the jaw is wide enough to span the three tabs, it should work for you.
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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby flyweed » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:18 pm

thanks for the info guys, but these aren't the wider "spring" clamps that have the 3 flat "crimp" spots..these are the thinner spring clamps that have two little "circles" on either end. Like this:

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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby MikeB » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:38 pm

Damn. I hate those clamps. I don't know of any easy way to remove those little buggers.
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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:08 pm

Yep, I just use standard needle nose pliers for those, or perhaps extended jaw needle nose pliers.

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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby flyweed » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:46 pm

I'd happily buy a "tool" specifically made for these damn things IF there is one. I have all sorts of various cir-clip and snap ring pliers..but nothing that works with these stupid things. maybe a pair of hemostats or something?????

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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:05 pm

flyweed wrote:I'd happily buy a "tool" specifically made for these damn things IF there is one. I have all sorts of various cir-clip and snap ring pliers..but nothing that works with these stupid things. maybe a pair of hemostats or something?????


Why buy a special tool? Take a pair of needle nose pliers, grind a slot across the end of each end, that way the little loops of wire will slip into the slots in the pliers, and it will hold them tight. This is my primary use for cheap Harbor Freight tools: I buy them to modify them to make special one-off tools for my own specific purposes. :)

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Re: gas line and spring clamps!

Postby flyweed » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:10 pm

yeah..good call..some cheap "long reach" needle nose pliers and grind a groove into each side may work perfect. I think I could probably do the same with a pair of long hemostats too, and those would offer a little bit more "feel" and precision, since they are lighter.




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