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    Bent Gear Lever

    Hi Guys, my forward controls chrome gear change lever is slightly bent...is it possible to heat it up and bend it back in line or am I likely to snap it off?, anyone experienced this job before?, thanks Janno

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    Probably ok to straighten, possibly without heat, but depends how bent? Photo?

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    It depends what the actual metal is.

    If it is aluminium, it may straighten if you are careful with the heat (although you rund the risk of it breaking) - put some soap (tablet type - you know, sort of waxy) on the lever where the bend is, and when it turns black when heated with a blowlamp, then straighten the lever bit by bit ie; do it in stages heat/bend; heat/bend etc. Do not let alumunium get red hot - it will break.

    Cast steel should bend when heated red hot, but don't try doing it all at once - do it a bit like the example above.

    Die-cast iron/steel will break either cold or hot.

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    Please find attached photo...it’s not a good photo but what do you think DavieL?
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    That's chromed steel by the looks of it - heat it up cherry red hot and straighten it, but be prepared for the chrome to blue - remove the toe peg first.

    AL

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    Thanks Al i’ll give it a try mate.......

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    It doesn't look that bent from the photo. Agree with Al it looks like steel (check with a magnet?). Personally I'd take it off the bike get it in a vice and try some gentle persuasion with a copper mallet or something similar. If it moves back without too much force it should be ok to work cold, if not its on with the heat.

    How much force is too much? That's down to experience I'm afraid - good luck!

    Possibly the shift peg is also bent making the lever appear more bent than it actually is. Maybe it can be unscrewed and replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavieL View Post
    Personally I'd take it off the bike get it in a vice and try some gentle persuasion with a copper mallet or something similar.
    Gets my vote.

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    Thank you Mannyroad and DavieL for your advice, will probe get a new toe from v-twin mania only £10 and try cold working the lever, enclosed is a photo of my lil beauty..
    It's coming along nicely........image.jpg

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    Hello Janno,

    I have two toe pegs looking for homes, one is stock and the other is aftermarket, if you haven't already ordered one, you can have these for the price of the postage.

    This is the aftermarket one.
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    I bought one of these billet machined ones on eBay for £4.66.

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    I also bought a pair of matching footpegs on eBay for £13.70.
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    Last edited by bluenose-1956; 08-10-2018 at 04:11 PM.

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