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80% of them were installed backwards from the factory!

Discussion in 'HPI Baja' started by FastEddy, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. FastEddy

    FastEddy Well-Known Member
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    Yes there is a right way and a wrong way to install a C / E clip.

    80% of all the clips from the factory were installed backwards. This increases the chance of them coming off while running.

    Clips are made of stamped metal. One side will be smooth and the other side will have a sharp edge on it. The stamping process will also somewhat cup the clip.

    Clips need to be installed with the sharp edge to the outside or away from an moving part that will rub on it. If its on backwards the chances of them coming off is significantly increased.

    I have read post after post about people loosing clips in the field. May this be the reason? Just something to keep in mind as your wrenching.
     
  2. Harris

    Harris Well-Known Member

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    thanks man i never knew there was a right and wrong way to put them on
     
  3. spuddy

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    thanks eddy will check
     
  4. crrcboatz

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    Good Stuff, tnks man. nothing like sharing info.

    Curt
     
  5. speedygonzales

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    looks like i will have to tear the baja apart agian! never new there was a right and wrong way. the last rebuilds i never checked. i guess im lucky for not loosing a clip (nocks on wood)

    good info
     
  6. Bigger the Better

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    I never heard of that thanks for the 411.:)
     
  7. microDan

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    Yes the sharp edge makes it bite and stay in the groove better. The smooth edge facing out makes them easier to pop off. Good reminder Fast Eddie.
     
  8. SMaxxin

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    Always posting tips most people don't think about...Great tip Eddy.
     
  9. Mouseboy

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    only time i lost a clip was with the whole tyre when i clipped the only tree in a field at full piss.
     
  10. Timmahh

    Timmahh Bajastafarian Madnes
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    heh FULL PISS. i like that way of saying WFO... lol
    tree and "FULL PISS" is how i lost the wheel one..
    lost one or two off the hinge pins too.
     
  11. FastEddy

    FastEddy Well-Known Member
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    This is just one of those little things to look out for as you building or repairing. Im extremely anal when it comes to my rigs. Its rare that I ever have a DNF due to mechanical failure. Im the kind of guy that will spend 5 minutes cleaning each part and inspecting it. I go as far as using a torque wrench on most every screw as Im putting things together.

    Does it make a difference?
    I think so. It certainly doesn't hurt to take the extra time to do things the right way.
     
  12. Cracker Da-Hacker

    Cracker Da-Hacker Well-Known Member

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    ill check too, in 3 weeks UHHHHH. lol
     
  13. beerman525

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    fasteddy your right on about clips i race quarscales and the older shocks the piston was held onto the shafts with e clips and once in awhile they would come off inside shock because they werent installed right like you said now there held on with nuts
     
  14. Gussy

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    Good tip man!
     
  15. SMaxxin

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    Tonight I was installing some rpm arms on the LST and this post came to mind....everyone of the e clips were on backwards!

    Thanks again for the tip!
     
  16. miccody

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    Hey Fasteddy, first there was something about a green (I think) swim trunks, now your anal. Your funny as h*ll. Thanks for the tip I had never thought of that.