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Need some advice on this one. Ordered two new front sprockets from Sprocket Specialists online for my sl350 k2, a 16 tooth and a 17 tooth. The bike was listed in the catalog and I thought it would be a direct replacement. However when the sprockets arrived they did not have the bolt holes in them. I contacted the company and they said the sprockets were supposed to have clips included to use to secure them onto the shaft. They also sent two 17 tooth sprockets. They are sending me the clips along with another 16 tooth sprocket. I am not familiar with the clip securing system and was wondering if anyone else has used them (if they are safe). thanks - dave
 

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As you know Honda used the bolt on retainer. Does you output shaft have a groove cut in it? That would be where the clip would go. The clip should work fine but I would much rather have the bolted retainer. Reason being is that the clip is a one time usage part, take it off once and throw it away just like piston pin circlips. Plus if that area gets all munged up with dirt/oil/grease it's a pain the clean everything just to find the ends of the clip to pry it off.
 

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Thanks, Jim, I have never used the clips before, just wanted verification that this was a safe way to do it. Yes, my output shaft does have a groove in it. The company is sending me the clips and also correcting the order and sending me the 16 tooth sprocket and letting me keep the extra 17 tooth one, they have been very good to deal with.
 

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I used to have a Honda TL200 Trials bike, and when I geared it down the front sprocket was too small to have the holes for the retainer in it, so I went to the hardware store and picked up some outside snap rings. Put one on and never had a problem. Even removed and replaced it several times. They are reusable as long as you do not bend them out of shape. I have since used them on other bikes when the retainer clips were missing, and never had any fail.
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Thanks, TOOLS, thats reassuring to hear, I couldn't find the sprocket in a 17 tooth which is one larger than stock, Sprocket Specialist has it but it's good to know this is an acceptable way to secure the sprocket.
 
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