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    Default Circlip plier recommendations

    What brand and / or model of long each circlip pliers do you have and really like for EASY removal of master cylinder circlips?

    EDIT... in response to Eds post about motion pro. I spent 25 bucks on a pair and they didnt close sufficiently to release the circlip...they promptly hit the trash can. SO let me amend my query to say with all exclusion of motion pro products.
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    Motion Pro has some good ones.

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    My Motion Pro works fine
    I opened half a dozen MCs recently
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
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    Ones I got flexed at the tips and wouldn't squeeze tight enough to release the clip from the groove. Post a pic of your please.
    MY BIKES..1977 GS 750 B, 1978 GS 1000 C (X2)
    1978 GS 1000 E, 1979 GS 1000 S, 1973 Yamaha TX 750, 1977 Kawasaki KZ 650B1, 1975 Honda GL1000 Goldwing, 1983 CB 650SC Nighthawk, 1972 Honda CB 350K4, 74 Honda CB550

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    I can tell you that the Irwin blue/yellow snap-ring pliers w/ the interchangeable tips, sold at the hardware store, that I bought just for doing the MC on my bike, did not reach far enough into the barrel where the circlip lives. I have a precision (no longer precision) pair of needle nose pliers that I was able to hook the tips on just a bit. This enabled me to get them into the holes enough to work the clip open. But it was a major struggle. Next time I need this tool, I'm going to buy the red handled motion pro one.

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    Not sure if this helps but I finally bought ones off Amazon that look like the Motion Pros, and they are perfect. I have used on two GS'es (front/rear MC) and one CB750 front. I struggled with various ways for years, and now it's fast and easy, no problems getting the circlip out or back in.
    Tom

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    IIRC, I got mine long ago from Mike's XS:
    https://www.mikesxs.net/internal-cir...otion-pro.html

    These appear to be the Motion Pro version.
    https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0279

    Dunno, I've rummaged in many a master cylinder and never had a problem with mine.
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    A cheap long nose plier, with the tips ground to suit the circlip holes.
    They're stiffer than the orthodox circlip plier legs - and close completely.

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    Main thing is, AVOID the cheapo multi-swappy angle ones...do Not be tempted. The temper and toughness is so important on those little tips, as is the slack of the plier hinge...

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