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That pesky retaining ring at the front sprocket.

The fsm says to put it in, doesn't say how or with what tool however. It doesn't have the holes in it for use with normal retaining ring pliers. Google isn't much help. Besides, it gets lonely in the shed.

Any tricks to it, or just struggle with it? it's quite springy. I can squeeze it with a pair of regular pliers, but don't want to bugger my new race dicking incorrectly with it..
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i use a couple of small screwdrives.starting wth the ring in the bottom of the groove workng it in with one screwdriver then advancing it with the second again and again until you work it all the way in.
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I have used a medium flat tip screw driver pushing in the middle of the snap ring (screw driver shaft in the snap ring opening). Force the ring (perpendicular to the race) into the bore of the race past the snap ring groove, then flip it up (circle inside circle) and then pull it back into the snap ring groove. Did that description make sense, or confuse you more? I like to make the opening of the snap ring sit at about 2 o'clock to sort of match the position of the main shaft oil hole.
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I use a 6" length of hardwood dowel and a hammer to gently coerce the ring into place. Also works for piston wrist pins as well. The wood doesn't slip as easily as metal tools and won't mar the surfaces.

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I have used a medium flat tip screw driver pushing in the middle of the snap ring (screw driver shaft in the snap ring opening). Force the ring (perpendicular to the race) into the bore of the race past the snap ring groove, then flip it up (circle inside circle) and then pull it back into the snap ring groove. Did that description make sense, or confuse you more? I like to make the opening of the snap ring sit at about 2 o'clock to sort of match the position of the main shaft oil hole.
This is what I did thanks. Went right in. I'm not real happy with the fit though. It's supposed to fit tight all the way around, and I can see light on one side. I'm pretty sure it's in the slot, too.
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If you can see light then it's not seated properly. Check to see that it's not warped.
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