How do I bend this back?!?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by tenmile, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. tenmile

    tenmile Been here awhile

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    After a particularly stupid 'off' today (do 4000mi, come home, mount new tires and promptly drop it down the block:lol3), I managed to re-arrainge my pannier racks about an inch, maybe more, to the left side of the bike. Considering the amount of pictures I see on here with these things on their side :rofl, I'm wondering if anyone has some genius ideas on how to bend the racks back, short of dissembling everything and trying to use a press?

    Any help is appreciated!

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  2. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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    I did the same thing. I have a friend who has a body shop and he fixed the rack and banged out the case . They have all the correct tools. Only cost me a case of beer.
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  3. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    drop it 1/2 as hard on the opposite side :freaky
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  4. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    I've pushed my crash bars into the plastic. I took a nylon belt and hooked one side to my pick up and the other side to the winch on my atv. Then I just cranked the winch until it was pulled back out. Maybe you can bend it out doing something like that.

    Actually, I kind of like the new look. It looks like you ride the bike.:clap
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  5. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    that's what I'd have tried :eek:)
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  6. tenmile

    tenmile Been here awhile

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    Dangit. Now I need to add 'bodyman' to a list of friends to find :D

    Actually, the side I dropped is the side I tweaked (I think because it started spinning around, the case was being pulled upwards). So, I could just drop it again on the same side I suppose :evil

    This is kind of what I was thinking, but the only winch I have is on my pickup and doesn't have the same fidelity that the smaller winches do. I think I might try to strap it to the truck, then use a small come-along or ratchet strap to nudge it back to the other direction. But glad to hear that worked for you. Lucky for me, the crash bars barely moved- like 1/8", max? So just the pannier mounts I need to sort out.
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  7. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I had a similar experience but with the BMW/touratech panniers (aluminum ones), someone backed into my bike, they hit the right pannier hard enough to pop it off, subsequently knocking the bike of the center stand and then it fell over on the right side. So I had multiple angles of damage to correct. What I did at first was remove the panniers, loosen the stuff up and see if you can work it back into place, if that doesn't work or you need to get stuff into place with some force start removing pieces and slowly but surely beat/bend them back into form. I used a small conduit pipe bender, sheet metal flange bender, and a rubber maul as well as a variety of screwed together pieces of wood to make jigs to ensure that I got focal pressure where I wanted it. All in all after about 6 hrs I was able to straighten everything to nearly perfect condition. It was a pain in the butt, but I got it fixed. Because mine was all aluminum it wasn't too bad, if you have steel or really thick aluminum sections perhaps some heat to the particular area you need to reshape may be in order. I did this on only one section and it worked out beautifully (just don't get it too hot, red is too hot!)
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  8. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    In looking at your pictures it looks like it was just torqued out of shape as the upper/lower parts of the luggage rack look square just not parallel to the ground.
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  9. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Dreams

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    How are those Anakee 3 tires holding up for you? I just ordered a set and I am hoping for some better mileage.
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  10. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    Center stand your bike between two trees, about 6 feet each side of your bike. Rope webbing tie off your good side tight, then use 3-1 rope rescue type system or a come along and gently slowly pull you gakk back into alignment. This also works for bent crash bars.

    A Sikorsky fix

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