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Old 05-27-2017, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exhaust flange retaining ring pliers?

I had to put new flange and retaining rings on my pipes, knew this was going to be difficult and wanted to order a set of pliers to handle this. Fought for about an hour before I modified the pliers I had with a small ball end rotary tool to grind a divot to get the points of the ring to hold. Was still difficult and I thought I would certainly bleed before the end of the job. What tool is the correct one for this job?

These are the pliers I own now https://www.greatnecksaw.com/profess...plier-set.html

The guys at Autozone always look at me like I have two heads when I buy tools like this, normally people just borrow them. For all the other rings I've used them on, they work great as long as you don't over extend the ring, wish they had stops on the handles.
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I always just use regular pliers...start one end of the ring on the pipe under the lip...grab the other end and twist on...easy peasy.
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There are pliers made for similar looking snap rings. But the exhaust rings are too flimsy for them to work well.

Like cwilks said, a regular pair of pliers works as well as anything. I usually put them back on with just my hands.
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Old 05-27-2017, 03:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok. I did it that way on my Buell, but it didn't seem to want to go on the Harley. I will say that spreading the ring as far as it needed to go was sketchy, had to get a leather work glove and eye protection before I really went at it. All I could think was it was going to explode in sharp little pieces and slice me open.
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I bought something similar, but the damn flange rings had no holes... small flat screwdriver did the trick.
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't think those rings are made to be opened like snap rings are, you just roll them on or off.
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Old 05-28-2017, 02:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It worked like a snap ring, but man there was a lot of energy put into it to get it to go.

I did get one hole drilled in one of them, must have gotten lucky and hit a soft spot, couldn't get a second hole on the other side so I modified the tool to "work".
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JIMS has this tool, but i imagine it's pricey

http://cyrilhuzeblog.com/2013/07/27/...allation-tool/
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Don't think those rings are made to be opened like snap rings are, you just roll them on or off.
Exactly...
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They probably should just be slid on, however I use this tool
Lock ring pliers
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Piston ring installer works great.
Something like Lisle 33500.
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I roll them on by hand, if they get to stretched out the wont fit recessed area of the flange well or be difficult to seat on some head pipes
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