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Old 07-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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bending rearsets back

Ok so this last weekend I managed to lowside and the bike got hit by the guy behind me. My left rearset bent just enough to put pressure on the shift rod and I'm looking to see what the best way to go about bending it back would be.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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If they're made of aluminum they'll probably crack after you start bending them back. Aluminum is not very pliable. Maybe with some extreme heat you can do it?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
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I would just replace it, and you would be able to find the replacement part. I don't know what year your bike is, but this is an example:

http://store.58cycle.com/Vortex_PN_R...20rs205c1k.htm

Just make sure the product code matches the rear sets you have.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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Enh, you can at least try bending them before shelling out money for new parts. I know Woodcrafts are made with that in mind.


Just don't take a heat gun to them thinking that will make them more pliable...

Also, you can order replacement parts directly through vortex...you have to call though. Had no problems with their customer service or shipping.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:15 PM   #5
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sweet! i was thinking of heating it but I didn't want to take the annodized black off
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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Yeah first time I went down I took a torch to the shifter arm for a few seconds went to bend it and it just snapped right off lol. Talking to woodcraft on the phone they were like yah don't do that it weakens the metal.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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Good to know, thinking about throwing it in the vice and slowly squeezing it straight
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:31 PM   #8
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heat gun with some oven mits probably ur best bet.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:35 PM   #9
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Anything that is casted once bent is done.. If you try to correct it you will either break it or make it so weak that its dangerous to put weight on.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #10
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^ +1. Had my OEM rearsets bend inwards after a fallover, didn't even attempt to straighten them because I have messed with aluminum casting enough before to know unless its a quick slight bend, then its usually a snap. If you dont care for breaking them, sure go ahead and try but you may end up breaking more unintended good parts.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #11
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My vortex rearsets got bent from being laid down (brake pedal). I took it apart, threw it in a vice and slowly bent it back. No issues what so ever, ymmv. Give it a shot, you may be okay.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #12
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Extreme heat to make the metal pliable. Bend them back to your spec, put them in cold water so the metal is back to strength.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:40 PM   #13
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Anything that is casted once bent is done.. If you try to correct it you will either break it or make it so weak that its dangerous to put weight on.

OP isn't running OEM...he said Vortex...

Yes cast metal will snap like a mofo....but he's talking about vortex.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:02 PM   #14
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I believe it's milled aluminum so it should bend, not too sure about heating it too much since aluminum is so temperamental
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:26 PM   #15
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So, how did it all work out?
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Just be careful putting heat to it and bending them back into shape. My buddy did this and when he stood up for his victory celebration at the track, it snapped and he crashed...after the finish line. I was right behind him and I sucked my seat right up my ass from cringing watching it happen in front of me. If I can find the disc I have the video on, I'll post it up for you. Not saying it can't be done, but just remember, strength is sacraficed after bending it back or adding heat to the equation. Other than that, hope it works out for ya.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #17
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Talked to vortex and since my rear sets are discontinued they're offering me a 50% discount on new ones so instead of messing with it I'm trading up
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:52 PM   #18
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What model rearsets do you have, I'm Iin a similar situation. 50%off would be pretty bomb

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Talked to vortex and since my rear sets are discontinued they're offering me a 50% discount on new ones so instead of messing with it I'm trading up
I'm so hating right now, I called them a little over a month ago about my brake pedal and I didn't get that offer. I did however buy a powder coat gun, used oven, and learned some new skills.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:41 AM   #20
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:26 PM   #21
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I also have to send all the parts for my curent set in so I'll be without rearsets for a while
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #22
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Extreme heat to make the metal pliable. Bend them back to your spec, put them in cold water so the metal is back to strength.
dont do that..... you can heat them up and bend them back yes... but in order for them not to lose their strength you need to let them cool completely on their own... if you shock it with cold water thats what cause them to become brittle and will snap....
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:46 AM   #23
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Bent my shifter side vortex rearset in a lowside back in september. The thick piece that bolts to the frame is what bent on mine. Put it in the vice and snached on it for a while then bolted it back up. Worked great. Did not use heat. If it was one of the thinner pieces that bent im sure i would have broke it trying to bent it back.
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