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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.

Standard

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

E-Style

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.

Plain Stainless Steel

Black Oxide Steel

Zinc Chromate Steel

Spiral

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

Push-On

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

Crescent

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

Split

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

Poodle

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

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Black Oxide Steel