Im putting my SYE in tomorrow and wanted to know where I can get lock ring and snap ring pliers and what is the difference. Also the gear puller? I have a harbor frieght down the road as well as all the big name tool places( lowes/homedepot) any help will be appreciated.
97 xj sport
4.0L, 5 spd, RE 4.5", AA SYE/TW ds, 32" bfg mud-terrains, borla catback exhaust, 4.56's
Lock ring and snap ring pliers are one of "those" tools. Something when you need it you have to have but a pain to spend 10 bucks or so. If you haven't used em so far in life buy the cheap ones they'll get the job done. Harbor Freight should have them along with any autoparts store. The rings in the transfer case do not have guide holes in them. The rings are a c-clip lookin thing that are expandable. Buy a bigger set too because i rebuilt my transfer case with a small set and it took too much patience for me.
91 cherokee xj laredo. Dead :(
07 door door JK X. ordered with dana 44, 4:10, and a tru-trak. Hardtop of course. Auto though :(
I bought the biggest lock ring pliers I could. I still had to cut them apart so they'd expand more. At that point I'd tried all the other ones I could find. The one ring is a bish without the right pliers.
You definately need a good quality pair. I own a Snap on pair.... Yes I apid out the A$$ for them, but they are a tool that it is best to spend the money on. Buy quality... buy once... buy junk... and you get junk.
90 Comanche thing. Exo-cage, tube bed, with a few other things done Here is a link to some pics of it
If you have to ask why... Its a truggy thing and you wouldn't understand
I *think* that snap rings have loops on them for the pliers, thus the pliers have rounded ends. Lock rings are just cut off square, thus the pliers have square/straight ends. You want the square/straight type.
Now, somebody correct me, because that was part of what made doing my SYE less fun than it should have been. My own stupidity also helped. That is a different story though.
I just did my AA SYE install and wanted to share my experience. That giant snap ring really killed me, especially since I only had normal lock ring pliers. I tried for about 2 hours too get the original off and finally got it. Then I tried for another 2 hours to get the new one on, but it was impossible. The Lisle 44900 tool only opens about 0.9", so I went down to Napa and got theirs that opens about 1". I still couldn't get it and had to cut the tool to get it to open more. I cut both bump stops up top and 1 handle tip, so it opens about 1.25". You can't really do this to the Lisle one since the long straight part of the handle is their bump stop.
The Napa one on the left and Lisle on the right.
If I knew better, I would have gotten some good pliers like everybody is saying, maybe one by SK, the middle tool in the picture. That mofo is only like $30 online and opens like 2 inches with a neat 4 bar design.
[SIZE=1]1997 Cherokee Sport NAXJA #1255
RK 4.5" LA Kit