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External Retaining Rings

External Retaining Rings

Place these external retaining rings onto the outer surface of shafts to form a shoulder that holds components in place along the shaft while allowing rotation.


Pry apart the lugs of these rings with retaining ring pliers and slide the ring into a groove.

Plain Stainless Steel

Black Oxide Steel

Zinc Chromate Steel

Passivated Stainless Steel


Also known as E-clips, these rings have three prongs that fit into the groove of a shaft and provide a wide shoulder for retaining assemblies. They're the most commonly used style of external retaining ring.


Wind these spiral rings into the groove on a shaft. They don't require any tools for installation and make full contact with the groove, leaving no gap.

Oiled Steel

Stainless Steel


No groove required. Push these self-locking retaining rings into position and they grip onto the shaft. They work best in permanent installations.

Plain Stainless Steel


Use crescent rings in low-clearance spaces and other areas where access is limited. They have a small shoulder for light duty use.

Zinc Chromate Steel


Slide these split retaining rings into a groove, then squeeze them closed using standard pliers for a 360° closure. To remove, press the lugs.

Zinc Plated Steel


The wide ears of poodle retaining rings offer a larger retention surface than other styles. They can generally handle higher thrust loads than E-style rings.

Black Oxide Steel


Black Oxide Steel