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post #1 of 21 Old 05-02-2008, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Axle Cotter Pin Re-Use?

I know it says to replace them everytime you remove them, but I've gone through 4 already and I'm barely at 1,500. Can I reuse them? I'm not breaking them while removing them, and they look brand new. Is the integrity compromised? Speaking of which, what ever happened to the regular pins like Ducati's have?

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If the used one looks okay, use it.
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of course you can reuse them. the idea that you can't was developed by a paranoid corporate lawyer.

better yet, get yourself a stainless steel jesus clip from your local hardware store. they go on and off in a snap, and can be reused many times. it's what all the racing teams use.
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better yet, get yourself a stainless steel jesus clip from your local hardware store. they go on and off in a snap, and can be reused many times. it's what all the racing teams use.
Hee hee, jesus clip. I remember when I had remote control cars as a kid. While working on one my dad told me why the call them jesus clips. For some reason it still makes me laugh.

That's a great idea, I think I'll have to take a trip down to Ace.

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ok...I'll bite. Why are they called Jesus clips?

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I've never heard of a Jesus clip. What does it look like?

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interesting ... i've been scanning the web for a pic of one. the ones i'm seeing are not what i think of as a jesus clip. the ones i'm thinking of look like a pregnant cotter key. ... with the pregnant part clipping over the end of the bolt. it is NOT a circlip (which the web is showing as a "jesus clip").

could be it's called sumthin different. i've no idea what. but i buy them at my hardware store for about 50 cents.
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That sounds more like a hair pin cotter pin.

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That sounds more like a hair pin cotter pin.
yup. thanks. looks like this:

http://secure2.data-comm.com/servlet...fdsh-16/Detail

... i call it a jesus clip ...

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In another thread regarding this topic, it was suggested that these locking axle nuts are the way to go. For that price, it seems like a great idea.

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