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This was a stupid thing to do

Well I installed a center stand on my bike a few weeks ago, and today I decided to take the front tire off........well yup the bike fell over...luckly no real damage to the bike was made except my bars are slightly bent, is there a safe way to straighten them or should I just buy new bars?

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-06-2010, 05:16 PM
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I don't know any science behind it... but handle bars are kinda important on a bike, you could probably heat them and bend them back, but is it worth it? you can pick up used stockers dirt cheap and after markets for under 100. My advice is look in the fs forum and try and find another pair.

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post #3 of 27 Old 09-06-2010, 05:39 PM
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anytime you bend metal you comprimise the integrity of it get some new bars

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Well I installed a center stand on my bike a few weeks ago, and today I decided to take the front tire off........well yup the bike fell over...luckly no real damage to the bike was made except my bars are slightly bent, is there a safe way to straighten them or should I just buy new bars?
Steel bars, right ?
If so, OK to proceed.
If not, and they are aluminum, bin them, and I mean scrap bin not part bin.

If steel bars.
Clamp in vice, and use some brass shim stock to try and stop the marking.
Use black pipe, say a 3 ft length of a diameter that has as close a bore diameter to the bar outside diameter.
Slide pipe on grip section of bent bar to first bend and start working it.
Hopefully your vice will let you clamp the centre section and enough of the risers so that when you start levering things, the bars won't slip in the vice.
You should be able to get it close enough to be OK, unless they are really bent.
If you see any cracking, folds, chrome stress, or any loss of "roundness" where the bend was, be it before or after straightening, get rid of the bars fast.

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Buy em, I have NEVER successfully straightened a set of bars, for ANY MC

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I have stock steel bars. I intentionally bent them to my liking. I wanted em straighter so I took them off, layed on a piece of carpet on ground, placed a large piece of thick plywood over them and flattened them by slowly and carefully driving over them with my astro van. I then put them back on bike and while I had a friend hold one side of bar I attached (clamped) a large breaker bar to the handgrip area of bar and bent them to my liking. Worked for me.......

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I've never got them the same after being bent.. Stickers are cheap... Or time for renthals...

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I have stock steel bars. I intentionally bent them to my liking. I wanted em straighter so I took them off, layed on a piece of carpet on ground, placed a large piece of thick plywood over them and flattened them by slowly and carefully driving over them with my astro van. .......
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I don't know any science behind it... but handle bars are kinda important on a bike, you could probably heat them and bend them back, but is it worth it? you can pick up used stockers dirt cheap and after markets for under 100. My advice is look in the fs forum and try and find another pair.
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if your gonna try to straighten them, fill them with sand end to end. this will greatly reduce the chance of kinking them. put a lil duct tape over each end. just make sure they are full,end to end

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I have stock steel bars. I intentionally bent them to my liking. I wanted em straighter so I took them off, layed on a piece of carpet on ground, placed a large piece of thick plywood over them and flattened them by slowly and carefully driving over them with my astro van. I then put them back on bike and while I had a friend hold one side of bar I attached (clamped) a large breaker bar to the handgrip area of bar and bent them to my liking. Worked for me.......
I appreciate the effort, but holy batman an Astro van ! I did notice he's from Iowa.....Hi Neighbor. Just kidding around.

I'd buy a new set of bars, or used ones that aren't bent. I say this because my bike had been tipped over in a parking lot sometime before I bought it. The bars had never been replaced, and they drove me crazy because the one side was just a little bit off. Also the brakes lever was a little bit bent, so one day I decided to take a pliers to straiten it.....I about crapped my pants when it broke right off. I literally put only a couple pounds of force on it and it snapped right off. I can't believe it hadn't broke pryer to this on a couple quick stops in rush hour traffic on the freeway. I could've been a splat on the back of a minivan. From this point on, never try to straiten anything that is part of the controls on a bike, Replace it. My .02 cents.

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On the motocross bikes we just used the ol pipe method and worked really well. If its a slight bend I dont see it making them weak. Just my 2 cents. Bars arent cheap these days.....

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I appreciate the effort, but holy batman an Astro van ! I did notice he's from Iowa.....Hi Neighbor. Just kidding around.at least it wasn't a tractor...lol

I'd buy a new set of bars, or used ones that aren't bent. I say this because my bike had been tipped over in a parking lot sometime before I bought it. The bars had never been replaced, and they drove me crazy because the one side was just a little bit off. Also the brakes lever was a little bit bent, so one day I decided to take a pliers to straiten it.....I about crapped my pants when it broke right off. I literally put only a couple pounds of force on it and it snapped right off. I can't believe it hadn't broke pryer to this on a couple quick stops in rush hour traffic on the freeway. I could've been a splat on the back of a minivan. From this point on, never try to straiten anything that is part of the controls on a bike, Replace it. My .02 cents.yea..an astrovan...lol

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Those bars be thar sez I.
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I'm pretty far from OK..........

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You never did say what was stupid. Installing a center stand and using it wrong. Or taking the front wheel off with out using a floor jack or something to hold it steady?????
I use the centerstand and a floor jack with a board under the headers

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