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Old 06 January 2011, 14:51   #1
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Trailer Rollers and Stainless Split Pins

I need to replace the washers used to locate the rollers on my trailer. The washers, and the rollers, are secured by stainless steel split pins.

The split pins are being a right bugger to remove as the metal is sooo difficult to bend. Is there an easy method to aid removal or is there a tool for the job?
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I need to replace the washers used to locate the rollers on my trailer. The washers, and the rollers, are secured by stainless steel split pins.

The split pins are being a right bugger to remove as the metal is sooo difficult to bend. Is there an easy method to aid removal or is there a tool for the job?
Shouldn't really be using them again so you could snip the exposed ends off, save you trying to pull the whole lot through.
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Believe me it's better than trying to remove the corroded remains of mild steel pins held in the holes by rust and aluminium oxide.

Been there, and replaced them all with stainless after having to make a jig and drill the remains of each one out of the shaft once I'd removed it from the trailer

As Martini says, you shouldn't really use them again so just cut them off flush with the shaft and pull them out or knock them through the hole with a punch.

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Shouldn't really be using them again so you could snip the exposed ends off, save you trying to pull the whole lot through.
Thanks Martini and Nasher! Never occured to me to cut them off I've got new SS pins as the old pins were way too long anyway.

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Been there, and replaced them all with stainless after having to make a jig and drill the remains of each one out of the shaft once I'd removed it from the trailer
Me too, put all stainless fixings on the Tornado trailer and after that no more missing and siezed rollers....
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