@sturgeon, thanks for the offer to reproduce your peg change for my benefit. And yes, the roadster springs are remarkably stiff. I have no doubt it can be done by hand - but the tool usage made it much easier.
You're right about the E-clips being very soft - I noticed this the other day. A gentle squeeze with a a pair of pliers tightened them up to my satisfaction.
Thanks @mikeS - this video was perfect. I was on my way out to the garage with an Irwin Quick-Grip clamp with the idea of squeezing the spring into place when I decided to check this thread first. The video was, therefore, a nice confirmation of my plan of attack. A benefit to the Quick Grip clamp is that it is non-marring.
Thanks again folks.
There you go a true lateral thinker. A man who has tools and not afraid to use them. Great, I'm glad the video helped. Yes, those springs are very stiff and the compression method is the best way I have found to get the job done.
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