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Source for rear axle cotter pins?

For those of you who have adjusted/removed the rear axle, did you seek out a 4.0 x 35 cotter pin as described in the Versys parts catalog? Or did you simply use a pin that was about the same size and that fit in the rear axle nut?

I'm about to order a torque wrench, breaker bar and impact socket set from Harbor Freight. I'm trying to decide whether to include one of their grab-bag assortments of cotter pins, go to the neighborhood hardware store, or drive across town to the Kawasaki dealer for a replacement cotter pin. Seems like such a simple part, but I'd like to have something in hand that I know will work once I start the chain slack adjustment.

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I just got one of a similar size from Lowes.
It's not a precision part.
If it fits in the hole, doesn't fall out of the hole, and is tough enough to last then it works. I mean the cotter pin, of course.

[edit] For the record the ones I got were 2 for 67 cents. I think it was only 3mm since it was a bit loose in the hole. I'm not worried about it though. I rode without the cotter pin in for about a week whilst waiting for a new tire to show up in the mail and my nut didn't rotate a speck.
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I can't see any reason to get too particular about what type of pin you use.

If it doesn't fall out, anything will work. On my dirt bikes, I just used a nail of the right diameter, cut it off to the right length, and put a slight bend in it so it won't come out.

I know of some racers who don't use any pin at all, and the nut has yet to ever loosen up even after some pretty rough races.

But, that's just me.

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With numerous bikes in desperate situations, the nail in the tool box has sufficed. I wouldn't sweat this too much. Just torque it right.
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Been using one of these for about 12 years now on all my motorcycles. Has yet to have fallen out of any of them. Called a hairpin or R Clip

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Walk into you local Kawasaki parts shop and inquire that you're looking for a cotter pin. I was came cash in hand and the guy said don't worry about it, we have plenty of them. Not much of a free part, but count your pennies where you can
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+1 on the 'R' pins, if you can't get them through a bike dealer try a good quality yacht chandler if theres one local
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Thanks, everyone. I wasn't too worried about it either. Just wanted to avoid picking up some pins and discovering that they were too big once I got things apart.

Soon as my torque wrench and sockets arrive from Harbor Freight I'm going to take care of the 2" of play in my chain. I'll feel much better having it back to spec.
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+1 on the 'R' pins, if you can't get them through a bike dealer try a good quality yacht chandler if theres one local
If I recall, I got a pack that I think had 6 or 8 for about $2.50 Cdn at Princess Auto. Good for 20 years!!
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Sofar I've had very good luck finding pins, clips, special bolts at Ace Hardware. Rebuilt my truck carb years ago, only they had the bolts I needed. Just bought 6 cotter pins for our bikes, no problems here.

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7 cents each?

I bought a bag of a hundred for 6.95.... I'll be good for years....lol

see the bottom of the page......

they are 5/32" x 1 1/2" but metric or standard doesn't matter with cotter pins

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I came across this on another forum. Best clip I've seen yet, and it's available from H-D:

http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php/topic,13831.0.html

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