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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2009, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Bent Kickstand - foot part

In my attempt to cut my 20 minute commute down by at least 10 seconds i drove in between two parking lot curbs instead of going around. I managed to hit the knob on my kickstand - the knob that your foot uses to push the kickstand down. It was good news in the sense that i thought I had hit my muffler and was expecting that I had gouged the crap out of it. Bad news in that it beat the knob in enough that my foot can no longer get a good enough grip on it to push it down.

Does anyone have any suggestions for bending it back into place?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2009, 11:24 AM
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Wrap a shop rag around it and slide a piece of pipe over it. With gentle but steady pressure bend it back out. Be careful, if you get too aggressive, you might snap it off.

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Don't know if I'd cold bend it, generally speaking when it gets bent in the first place, it stresses and crystallizes the metal which then will break if you try and bend it back.
I'd find a welding shop, see if they can get a torch on it without hitting the bike and heat bend it back. IF not, take it off the bike and do it on the bench...

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Lots of people on here have had to cold-bend them down, away from the aftermarket exhaust they just bought, it is pretty soft and most folks get away with doing it with vice-grips or with the pipe bit as suggested above.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, and its the stand part i need to bend, just the part your toe/heal grabs to push the stand down, so if it broke off it wouldnt be the end of the world.
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Had to cold bend mine x2 already! Not a problem. Might take 2 people to do tho?

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I adjusted mine once by heating it with a propane (or maybe it was MAPP - a little hotter) torch right in the spot where I wanted to change the bend. I stuck a small pipe over the ball end knob and part way down the shaft to use for leverage. I heated it until it was starting to glow. Then it was pretty easy to bend. I did it right on the bike, adjusting it a little at a time and checking the operation of the kickstand, until it was bent the way I wanted it. Then just sprayed a little black paint on it, since the original paint was burned away.
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