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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Still stuck in hell.
Bikes: 2011 SE Old Man Flyer.
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I reshaped a pair of bars a while back, I did exactly what Leigh said above, I filled the bars with fine sand and mounted them in a table vice with wooden softjaws gooved to fit the bars snugly and to prevent crushing them.
I put a light piece of cable sticking out of the bar ends on each side with a heavy washer soldered to the end.
Then I used an acetylene torch on a very low heat setting to evenly heat the bars and bend them, take your time and make sure to not heat the bars to much THEY SHOULD NOT CHANGE COLOR! you will be able to feel when you are bending them how much heat and pressure you will need. Remember, go slow.
The cables on each end are hanging down so you can step back and compare the two sides to make sure you have bent them evenly.
Hope this helps you.
EDIT: if you use a low enough heat with some soot the chrome should be fine.
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