piston pin retainers/circlips. harley 45

Piston pin circlips

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piston pin retainers/circlips. harley 45


Post by smoggy » Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:51 am

Hi fellas,can different circlips,other than the original (new) be fitted. They just seem a bitch to fit. Don't fancy paying out $60 or so for the special tool when only using the once. Just wondering if more modern ones could be fitted,the ones with holes in for pliers. Or does anyone have any homebrewed tips for fitting.

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Re: piston pin retainers/circlips. harley 45


Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:00 am

Try a socket to set the clips.

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Post by flatheadDave » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:56 am

put a clip on the pin before you put it in the piston... I would only use new clips, because when you pull them off with pliers and screw drivers , the clip gets bent. use a socket to push them on. I have the tool. believe me! It makes them so much easier to put on.

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Re: piston pin retainers/circlips. harley 45


Post by RUBONE » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:52 am

If using stock older style 45 pistons and pins, no other clips will work other then the very stiff "L" section factory type. A perfectly adequate installation tool can be made from a tapered hardwood dowel and a piece of PVC pipe.

This is the factory tool. The large sleeve is hollow.
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