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anybody got any tips on how to remove a broken snap ring and how to remove an intact snap ring with out the pliers? i am in the middle of replacing my fork seals and after i cleaned off the 30 years of rust covering the retaining ring and boot. i found that one ring is missing one of the ears. also i don't have snap ring pliers and i wanted to get the whole setup stripped tonight and i don't have any access to pliers until monday.
 

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If you do not have the correct pliers it is very difficult. One of my CX650ED's had the problem of a broken end on one of the rings. The solution was to drill a 1/16" hole through the fork slider behind the ring, in a place where it is somewhat hidden, rotate the ring so the the end is near the drilling and then push a hard peice of steel through the hole enough to raise the end of the ring to get something behind it to hook it out. Replace the ring on both legs as this is not a job you want to do twice.



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both of the rings are broken turns out. i have been wedging a pliers under the ring and trying to pull it inward some so i can get as much of it out at one time as possible. i have only gotten about 3/4 of an inch off one. the seal in there is still the old one and i'll obviously have to replace the rings later but i'm still chipping away at it. the existing ring material it rusted into the groove so its been a nightmare so far.



i tried your suggestion and it didnt work either. i'm thinking of cutting the slider down the vertical edges enough to get the old ring out.
 

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I ended up taking them to work today and had a guy with a steadier hand than me break out the remaining clip with a flat head and a hammer, the whole thing is apart now and soaking in a bath to get rid of all the oil and grease that 30 years of neglect can muster. i'll put them all back together tonight and get the bike back on two wheels.
 

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does anybody have any tips on how to press the seal and bushing in without the special tool? I was thinking of getting a piece of pipe to go over the slider and hammer it down.
 

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does anybody have any tips on how to press the seal and bushing in without the special tool? I was thinking of getting a piece of pipe to go over the slider and hammer it down.


You MUST get a piece of Plastic pipe of the correct diameter to make sure you don't damage the seals as they press in evenly.Smear some oil on the seal sides so they slide in.There is a proper tool for the job but it's pricey and a bit obscure unless a local motorcycle shop has one.



Don't use ATF fluid use Fork oil.I use heavy weight(20w).If you don't have nay as a push you can use 20w50 cheap mineral engine oil until you can get some.





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I think I used a 1.25" dia x 3" pipe nipple to press my fork seal in. Be sure you put the seal in the correct direction. There's a right way and a wrong way.
 

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I think I used a 1.25" dia x 3" pipe nipple to press my fork seal in. Be sure you put the seal in the correct direction. There's a right way and a wrong way.




Good point.Spring towards the leg e.g letters facing you on the seal
 

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I think I used a 1.25" dia x 3" pipe nipple to press my fork seal in. Be sure you put the seal in the correct direction. There's a right way and a wrong way.
i also put the old seal ontop of the new seal.any damage is done to the old seal,leaving the new seal in perfect condition,without a blemish
 

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i also put the old seal ontop of the new seal.any damage is done to the old seal,leaving the new seal in perfect condition,without a blemish


Damn.So simple.Wish I'd kept that old seal now but will have another soon no doubt<grin>.Nice one Bandit
 

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does anybody have any tips on how to press the seal and bushing in without the special tool? I was thinking of getting a piece of pipe to go over the slider and hammer it down.


Next time put the fork seal in before you insert the fork tube, that way you can use a wide range of things, such as a large piece of wooden dowel, or a large socket to drive the seal in. The way the factory service manual shows, to insert the seal after the tube is in, is just...odd. Just make sure you lightly coat the fork tube with fork oil so it slides thru the seal easier.
 

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I got it in there now i just have to wait til tomorrow when the dealer gets my c clips. i had to break the old ones out and local shops wanted like 5 bucks each. i got the pair for 6 bucks at the dealer. also got the last of the oem parts i needed to make the bike street legal. plan is to be done by sat. night so i can put the bike on the front porch and pressure wash the garage floor. it has taken a serious beating
 
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