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Bent Shift Lever

Post #1 by sphen » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:29 pm

As the subject implies, the shift lever on my project bike is bent. Not real bad, but enough to make the angle kinda weird. Two possible thoughts on the matter:

1- Is it possible to heat it up with a propane torch and persuade it back into position, or

2- are there any nice aftermarket units available? like a nice billet or anodised lever? Plenty of used OEMs out there, but wouldnt mind something nicer.
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #2 by tlbranth » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:35 pm

I've fabbed lots of stuff from steel. I'm no expert but it's been my experience that to bend steel rod the way you want it to go, it needs to be cherry red. That means Oxyacetylene. But if it's just a bit out of shape, I'd hold it in a vise and bash it with a big hammer.
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #3 by sphen » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:58 pm

thanks. i did try a hammer, but i didnt try a big hammer...so i'll try that.

and i was kinda thinking my torch would be insufficient, and that cherry red would end up melting the rubber pad in the process.
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #4 by rcmatt007 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:24 pm

I would think it is a cast piece so I doubt you could get it hot enough to bend, and it you could, I would worry that the temper would be gone
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #5 by tlbranth » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:20 pm

Yes, it could break. I figured if it wasn't useful as-is it'd be worth the gamble.
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #6 by rcmatt007 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:28 pm

sphen wrote:thanks. i did try a fh, but i didnt try a bfh...so i'll try that.

and i was kinda thinking my torch would be insufficient, and that cherry red would end up melting the rubber pad in the process.


the rubber pad comes off
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
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"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
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76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #7 by sphen » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:22 pm

any aftermarket units that fit? ive yet to find one..
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #8 by Shadowjack » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:36 am

All the Honda shift levers I've ever seen are like mild steel. If they get bent in use, just bend them back. You don't need heat, but you might need to get creative on hold to get hold of it. Or take it off and put it in a vise.

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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #9 by sphen » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:00 am

I was able to use a 3lb sledge and a well placed hit to get it close enough for troubleshooting work for now. i could probably get it right, but the way it needs to be in a vise in order to get the correct pressure, it slips and is really hard to immobilize.

Its good enough for now - i'll come back to it later. thanks
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #10 by rcmatt007 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:15 am

sphen wrote:I was able to use a 3lb sledge


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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
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"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
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76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
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'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #11 by tlbranth » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:27 am

The bfh I was referring to.
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #12 by BlueThunder » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:27 pm

How bent is this shift lever? I haven't seen a bent shift lever that couldn't be straightened in a vise and a hammer - without breaking. If it can't, then I think you have more serious problems besides the bent shift lever. ;)
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #13 by CYBORG » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:31 pm

I'd be interested in how it got bent. It lives in a pretty protected plsce
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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #14 by sphen » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:39 pm

Its bent bc SOMEbody forgot to remove it before laying the bike over on its side during troublehooting/dissassembly...full weight went down on it juuuust right (i was soaking the cylinders in penetrant so had to level the bike over)

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Re: Bent Shift Lever

Post #15 by CYBORG » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:02 pm

Thanks. I was having trouble how it could have happened, under normal conditions
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