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    Default Handlebar bending with torch ?

    Got these old Sporty bars in my garage and I would like to narrow them a bit. Heating with a propane torch will enable the bends to be pulled together a bit but my question is.... would I 'quench' the bars after bending or lay them aside to cool down naturally ? Just playing around as I can't ride !

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    Quenching serves no purpose in this instance. I'd practice on scrap to ensure your torch gets hot enough. (A proper OA torch is insanely useful so you might want to score one, used US-made torches like Victor, Smith and Harris are good choices.)

    This may interest you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHxeTRrw-NM

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    If you pack them with sand and plug the sand as tight as possible you stand less chance of collapsing them in the bends.
    Dusty

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    And if you pack them with sand make sure its dry sand. Maybe leave a little hole in the cork or what ever you plug them with. If wet, steam will build up and shoot the end across the room.

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    Thanks guys, guess it's not as simple as I thought ! That's why I asked, cheers !

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    Quote Originally Posted by beano View Post
    Thanks guys, guess it's not as simple as I thought ! That's why I asked, cheers !
    You are correct it's not a simple task........ Plus if you do it wrong it's your ass as that's the only thing between you and the ground if you make them brittle and they were to break..............

    Best of luck...........

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    Yep you're right ! Was only looking for something to do on a winters day !

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    Quote Originally Posted by beano View Post
    Yep you're right ! Was only looking for something to do on a winters day !
    LOL, I hear ya........ There are way better things to do with your time........ LOL

    But it's your time......

    Merry Christmas...............

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    In the good old days or maybe not so good a friend of mine used a 1" hickey bender to modify HD bars. He would lay the bike on the ground and bend one side of the bar before laying the bike over on the other side and doing the same bend. The hickey benders are used on pipe. A plumber or electrician may help.

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