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#31 Sovereign01

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:33 PM

I just did my rear cylinders using this method, it works pretty well and makes those annoying clips that bit easier to put on. I had to use a mallet on one of the brake lines to get it to engage with the thread on the new cylinder but once that part was done it was straightforward enough :D



#32 G-Bee

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:42 PM

Wish I had come up with this before, good tip! :proud:



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 06:46 AM

I gave up with the clip that came with my cylinders and used halfords ones which took 3 seconds to fit!!



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 06:47 AM

Halford ones?? A picture or link would be helpful.

#35 Tornado99

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 05:30 PM

Here is a good video showing how to do the circlips with just a small flat blade screw driver and a little tapping from a hammer....also note use of adjustable clamps to hold the cylinder...but the "Mole"/Vicegrips method from the OP is also good.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 21 June 2020 - 05:48 PM

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#37 DamoMini

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 07:18 PM

Here is a good video showing how to do the circlips with just a small flat blade screw driver and a little tapping from a hammer....also note use of adjustable clamps to hold the cylinder...but the "Mole"/Vicegrips method from the OP is also good.


This was a great help. Between the vise-grips tip and this video clip I had very little trouble fitting the clip. Thanks all!

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 06:15 PM

I spent the $20 bucks for the BMC tool. Don't know why I didn't think to use common circlips.

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#39 Tornado99

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:40 PM

 

Here is a good video showing how to do the circlips with just a small flat blade screw driver and a little tapping from a hammer....also note use of adjustable clamps to hold the cylinder...but the "Mole"/Vicegrips method from the OP is also good.
 


This was a great help. Between the vise-grips tip and this video clip I had very little trouble fitting the clip. Thanks all!

 

I just did the cylinders for the first time myself and had no real issues, used the vice-grip setup to hold the cylinder in place as shown in the video. Little flat blade screwdriver and light hammer taps got it all home. . Some tips that helped me....I tried to prevent fluid loss using a rubber glove finger and rubber band to make a condom over the released pipe...though it worked it made big mess as I struggled to get the "glove" into place. Haynes says to clamp the flex hose to reduce loss...and I ended up doing that. It worked much better...just be careful to protect the rubber hose from damage by wrapping it with some paper towel etc where the jaws of a vice grip will contact. Doesn't need much force to seal. 



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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:42 PM

 

 

Here is a good video showing how to do the circlips with just a small flat blade screw driver and a little tapping from a hammer....also note use of adjustable clamps to hold the cylinder...but the "Mole"/Vicegrips method from the OP is also good.
 


This was a great help. Between the vise-grips tip and this video clip I had very little trouble fitting the clip. Thanks all!

 

I just did the cylinders for the first time myself and had no real issues, used the vice-grip setup to hold the cylinder in place as shown in the video. Little flat blade screwdriver and light hammer taps got it all home. . Some tips that helped me....I tried to prevent fluid loss using a rubber glove finger and rubber band to make a condom over the released pipe...though it worked it made big mess as I struggled to get the "glove" into place. Haynes says to clamp the flex hose to reduce loss...and I ended up doing that. It worked much better...just be careful to protect the rubber hose from damage by wrapping it with some paper towel etc where the jaws of a vice grip will contact. Doesn't need much force to seal. For bleeding the cylinders afterwards, I used the old school method of gravity bleeding. A bit of hose on the bleeder and a jar, open the bleeder and let it drip slowly for 10-30 minutes, watching/topping up reservoir level. Tighten the bleeder, done. No fancy vacuums or pumps needed. 

 






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