Circlips

Circlips are circular shaped clips made out of semi-flexible metal. They are generally used to keep components fitted on shafts or housings and with bearings used for mechanisms that twist, spin, turn or pivot. They are also sometimes referred to as retaining rings or snap rings. To learn more, you can read our complete guide to circlips.

Features

Circlips tend to have open ends rather than making a complete circle. The open ended design gives the circlips a spring pressure effect. Once fitted in place, the spring effect ensures that they do not move or slip.

Many circlips have a small hole at either end. This allows for the installation or removal of the circlip pliers. Normally, specialised circlip pliers are used for this. They have specific sized tips that fit into the small holes within the circlip.

Types

E type circlips, or E-Clips are also very popular. They do not require installation with specialised circlip pliers and are mounted radially, rather than axially. They are easy to remove and install.

Internal and External circlips

Depending on the application, you will require either an internal or external circlip:

  • Internal circlips are fitted within a cylindrical bore, groove or housing and exert pressure outwards.
  • External circlips work in the opposite direction. They exert pressure inwards and normally fit around the outside of a cylinder or shaft.

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RS Stock No. 209-6839
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TWD142.00
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E Type 3.5mm 2.3mm 0.6mm 5.9mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6637
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TWD376.00
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External 12mm 11.5mm 1mm 19mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6615
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TWD406.00
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External 8mm 7.6mm 0.8mm 14.7mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6823
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TWD146.00
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E Type 2.25mm 1.5mm 0.4mm 3.85mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6643
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TWD385.00
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External 14mm 13.4mm 1mm 21.4mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6659
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TWD394.00
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External 16mm 15.2mm 1mm 23.8mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 289-219
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TWD164.00
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External 6mm 5.7mm 0.7mm 11.7mm Steel
RS Stock No. 289-225
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TWD167.00
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External 8mm 7.6mm 0.8mm 14.7mm Steel
RS Stock No. 289-310
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TWD245.00
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External 25mm 23.9mm 1.2mm 34.2mm Steel
RS Stock No. 289-231
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TWD101.00
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External 10mm 9.6mm 1mm 17mm Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6873
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TWD168.00
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E Type 9.5mm 7mm 0.9mm 13.8mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6665
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TWD555.00
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External 18mm 17mm 1.2mm 26.2mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6889
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TWD280.00
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E Type 12mm 9mm 1.1mm 18.2mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6700
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TWD833.00
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External 22mm 21mm 1.2mm 30.8mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 289-455
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TWD81.00
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E Type 3.5mm 2.3mm 0.6mm 5.9mm Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6918
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TWD440.00
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E Type 15.5mm 12mm 1.3mm 22.65mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6621
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TWD371.00
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External 10mm 9.6mm 1mm 17mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 209-6867
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TWD147.00
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E Type 7mm 5mm 0.7mm 10.75mm Stainless Steel
RS Stock No. 289-534
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TWD222.00
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E Type 20mm 15mm 1.5mm 28.6mm Steel
RS Stock No. 289-449
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TWD71.00
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E Type 2.25mm 1.5mm 0.4mm 3.85mm Steel