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Bent shifter

Hello,

Finally got my Versys 2008, 6k miles, great shape, great price. Previous owner dropped it once on gravel turning in very low speed. Minor scratches, but the shifter pedal was bent slightly in. Not in a way that interferes with shifting, but enough that I need to point my foot inward to be able to shift properly (when my foot is perpendicular to the bike, only the tip of the shifter lies on the shoe, and sometimes slips during shifting).

My question is whether you think I can bend it back (with a vise). Not knowing what the shifter is made of, I'm afraid it might break if I try. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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It's just made of regular steel, and it can be straightened back. Just be careful you don't stress the ball joints.
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Thanks man. I'll report results tomorrow


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IF you can, suggest you use a torch to heat it BEFORE you bend it back, so it doesn't start an incipient fracture.

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No heat necessary for such a minor straightening... Don't melt the rubber boots (+bushings?), or burn off the anti-rust coating on the steel.

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Mild steel easily bent back into shape, no heat needed
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