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Installing the wire clip.

Installing the wire clip.

Install new circlip or wire clip. The wire clip can be a royal pain to install. Try seating one end of the clip in the groove in the piston and "chasing" the rest of the clip into the groove with a screwdriver tip or needlenose pliers.
(If you are installing a circlip in a post-'78 motor, please note that there is a correct orientation for the circlip with respect to the piston: the wristpin circlips have a sharp edge and a rounded edge. The rounded edge goes toward the piston.)

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Guest 21-Jan-2010 00:40
my pistons (94 R100GS) had the clips mounted sharp side to the piston. It makes more sense the other way.
Greg davies 23-Jun-2009 05:09
The previous page says sharp edge of circlip goes towards the piston. This page says the rounded edge goes toward the piston.
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