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Old 06-30-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Welding / bending metal question...

Hey Fellas,

so my buddy dropped my motorcycle the other day (he is ok), but he bent the shifter petal, where the rubber piece is to grab on your boot.

Does anybody know if I can just heat it a bunch, then bend it back, will it snap?
Do I have to buy another shifter pedal?

Thoughts, advice, knowledge?

Thanks guys
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Its most likely a cast alloy.. I don't really know but that type of item is better to replace
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Hey Fellas,

so my buddy dropped my motorcycle the other day (he is ok), but he bent the shifter petal, where the rubber piece is to grab on your boot.

Does anybody know if I can just heat it a bunch, then bend it back, will it snap?
Do I have to buy another shifter pedal?

Thoughts, advice, knowledge?

Thanks guys
I would definitely try it before buying one. All it could do is not work, in which case you'd have to buy one anyway, but it probably won't snap.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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depends how much it is bent. If it has a pretty good pinch then heating up will be the only option to avoid it stressing out and pretty much breaking off. It won't snap, but it will just start to tear off. we have on occassion bent one back with no heat and it was fine. Do you have a picture? I could for sure tell you.
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If it is not bent bad you can slowly bend it back cold, if it is bent bad heat it up and bend it back. I have bent a couple back cold.
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Depends on what it's made of and how bad it's bent. If it's cast you probably won't have much luck.
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Hey Fellas,

so my buddy dropped my motorcycle the other day (he is ok), but he bent the shifter petal, where the rubber piece is to grab on your boot.

Does anybody know if I can just heat it a bunch, then bend it back, will it snap?
Do I have to buy another shifter pedal?

Thoughts, advice, knowledge?

Thanks guys

If it were cast iron, it probably would have snapped when it was layed down.

You can bend cast iron back but it must be cherry red and it has to be done slowly. It may crack regardless though. And DO NOT QUENCH IT. Let it air cool.

If it's just a regular mild steel alloy (probably chrome plated) you can bend it back after heating with relative ease. Do it slowly or it will also crack. And the finish (chrome plating) will probably be destroyed.

If it's aluminum, fat chance. Get a new pedal.
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