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Hi Guys,

I've rebuilt a few Show shocks before, but I think this is my first KYB, off an 05 WR450. I'm have trouble getting the circlip out of the shock body w/ various screwdrivers. I don't remember having any issues with the Showas, but thought maybe there is a trick. The ring won't lift, it just slides around and I'm getting tired of chasing it... 👍 I also don't want to mar anything up.

When I cleaned the shock up i sprayed it with WD-40 and think maybe that made the ring slick and maybe I would have been better off with more stiction.

Anybody have a trick/idea?

Thanks,

Joe

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i use a feeler gauge push between the clip and the shock body, then pull the clip over the top of the groove and feeler gauge with a screwdriver. takes 2 seconds doesnt mark the shock body at all. hope this helps:thumbsup:

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another way is to push the seal head way down, and push both ends of the clip downwards, then the opposite side comes up and you can pull it out.

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Thanks for trying to help, I've tried a couple methods and still no luck. I can't get any size feeler gauge under this thing, maybe I've got the wrong angle of attack. I was mostly trying to catch the "lip" of one end/edge at about a 45 degree angle, but for the life of me I can't get under it.

Karlace, are you suggesting coming in as straight down as possible? About what size feeler gauge do you use? I pretty much tried a wide variety, with different but all frustrating results. Looks like I put a small burr in by slipping with a small screwdriver.

I also tried using a Paint Can Key, which seemed to almost grip the ring, but it doesn't give a good angle to push it down. I'm thinking I might grind some of the curl out of the end of it to see if I can get better results, but think it is more my technique that "wrong tool"....

Best Regards,

Joe

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Thanks everyone, a 0.006 feeler gauge finally did it!

The Showa's I've done never gave me this much grief!

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