Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes: 03 Raleigh Professional (steel)
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1) If the retaining ring protrudes beyond the hanger tube, a big-ass channel-locks or pipe wrench will get it (be sure to turn in the correct direction). If not, a hammer and chisel and a whole lot of swearing.
2) Assuming you mean the splines that are used to screw it into the hanger tube, they have nothing to do with how it performs.
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