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    Which tool is used to remove these crank dust caps?

    Which tool is used to install & remove these crank dust caps? The pins on a pin spanner are much too large.
    These are from a Shimano XT crank.
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    Not exactly the specified tool, and I don't know the proper name for it either, but I have a tool (plier like) for removing/inserting split rings that would work.

    Of course so would two small allen keys

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    I took a spare curtain hook and made a tool for mine.
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    or bend a small length of solid electrical wire
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    It depends on how tight they are. The caps that came on my Truvativ crank would not come out using any of the above methods and I tried all but the fork method. A proper pin spanner designed for the task would do the trick though (use the RED version).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Barker View Post
    Not exactly the specified tool, and I don't know the proper name for it either, but I have a tool (plier like) for removing/inserting split rings that would work.

    Of course so would two small allen keys
    They are called split ring pliers. They worked fine on my ritchey cranks.

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    Needle-nose pliers work well.

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    Or you can use this 2 for 1 tool, since you need a chainring nut tool anyway...
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    snap ring pliers work also.

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    Pin spanners come in a variety of pin diameters. Park's "Red" version works on my Ultegra crank.

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    Thanks everyone,
    Uni
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    I had tried the Red one and the Green pin-spanner on my Ultegra. I found the green one worked best for me.
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    I made a tool out of a small piece of wood with 2 nails sticking out

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