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Re: Removing/installing C clips

Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:39 pm

Here are the tools I use. Tom's nippers/cutters etc are more refined than mine and I am sure work more smoothly. The Vice Grips I ground down with a round Dremel bit and I crimp each clip a little at a time adjusting the pressure slightly. Usually twice around gets them tight enough....
Doing it right should include some common sense, not just blindly following specs and instructions. .Gary D, AWAP on SB


Re: Removing/installing C clips

Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:34 am

Thank you Bryan for the pictures and the explanation
Thanks, Dude, Luis and Dan for giving me more ideas

I got the plyers and have to ground the jaws this weekend


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Re: Removing/installing C clips

Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:27 pm

To help prevent marring the sides of the clips during removal I ground the tips of a pair of ViseGrips smooth. They still hold the clips firmly enough to remove them, an no more ugly grooves and scratches in the clips.

Now I'll customize another pair of VG's with the curved shapes for installation... thanks for the great idea.
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