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Old 11-16-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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D35 C-Clip recovery tool

Since I could not finish my radiator this weekend. I had to keep busy somehow----


Okay, so until I can upgrade my D35....

I saw this recovery device, in case your c-clip goes.



I went out and for about $30, I made my own. Bought a 48" nipple of 3/4" "black pipe" from Home depot, iron but not galvanized. I then cut it the middle. This gave me 2 pieces with a threaded end on one end. Disregard the quick link you see here. I took the pic's after I welded them on. ($11.00)



Same shopping trip, bought 2ea 1/2" quick links and welded them onto the non-threaded end. (2 X $4.30)



Slid some 1 1/4" pvc pipe over it to act as a "bearing" surface. ($4.00)



Then I screwed on a 3/4" union (not "coupler"). This allows me so separate the unit in half for easier storage but to quickly assemble it. The union also keeps the pvc pieces separate, this is important because they will be rotating in different directions. ($8.50)



The completed c-clip recovery tool. I think, in hindsight, I should have gone with 1" but tghis seems stout enough. Yes, I know that the pvc will be shredded, but it will serve the purpose and then can be replaced. You could also just leave the pipe in one piece but after you weld on the quick links, you would have no way to replace the pvc (but then again, for the cost, a one-time tool might be worth it). If you do not have access to a welder you might want to think about buying the one shown. I figure at the price they are charging it would be worth it, especially considering that they say their rollers have bearings in them. They want like $125.00 for them.

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Old 11-16-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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And this is why you might want one...


Another broken Jeep Dana 35c Rear-End.

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:37 PM   #3
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we always used a ratchet strap and a log but your way seems much better
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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Just a note, that Union in the middle of the pipe is your weak point. The nut portion of it is the part I've seen broken (cracked) numerous times without much lateral pressure being put on it. I've seen the threaded (part that threads on the pipe) portion break also. Your tire/vehicle weight will exceed the force necessary to break it in an instant.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:31 PM   #5
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Just a note, that Union in the middle of the pipe is your weak point. The nut portion of it is the part I've seen broken (cracked) numerous times without much lateral pressure being put on it. I've seen the threaded (part that threads on the pipe) portion break also. Your tire/vehicle weight will exceed the force necessary to break it in an instant.
Thanks for your input. I was wondering about how much force would be put on it and I knew that the coupler would be the weak link (thus the comment about not cutting it in half). Wondering too if the 1" would have been stronger. But, never having run into this (yet!), I did not know how strong to build it. If it holds up once then it has worked, though. I have thought about adding an insert into one of the halves to reinforce the joint.
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next time just put a normal screw coupler on there much stronger and you will not break it. 1" pipe actually is what i will build mine outta but it will be rigid pipe- yours will hold up for a short drive.
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i like this better :P


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^ Yeah, I thought that was rather creative too.
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:49 PM   #9
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Okay, so I just upgraded to version 2.0. I made a new one out 1" black pipe and used a coupler instead of a union. Anyone want the 1.0 version? $30.00, shipped (just to cover the cost of the parts used).







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Since I could not finish my radiator this weekend. I had to keep busy somehow----


Okay, so until I can upgrade my D35....

I saw this recovery device, in case your c-clip goes.



I went out and for about $30, I made my own. Bought a 48" nipple of 3/4" "black pipe" from Home depot, iron but not galvanized. I then cut it the middle. This gave me 2 pieces with a threaded end on one end. Disregard the quick link you see here. I took the pic's after I welded them on. ($11.00)



Same shopping trip, bought 2ea 1/2" quick links and welded them onto the non-threaded end. (2 X $4.30)



Slid some 1 1/4" pvc pipe over it to act as a "bearing" surface. ($4.00)



Then I screwed on a 3/4" union (not "coupler"). This allows me so separate the unit in half for easier storage but to quickly assemble it. The union also keeps the pvc pieces separate, this is important because they will be rotating in different directions. ($8.50)



The completed c-clip recovery tool. I think, in hindsight, I should have gone with 1" but tghis seems stout enough. Yes, I know that the pvc will be shredded, but it will serve the purpose and then can be replaced. You could also just leave the pipe in one piece but after you weld on the quick links, you would have no way to replace the pvc (but then again, for the cost, a one-time tool might be worth it). If you do not have access to a welder you might want to think about buying the one shown. I figure at the price they are charging it would be worth it, especially considering that they say their rollers have bearings in them. They want like $125.00 for them.

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