Bottom triple slight bend

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11/1/2018 8:04 AM

Anybody know of anyone that can successfully straighten out a bottom triple clamp? It has a slight tweak to it when put on a flat surface, would like to straighten if at all possible because I don’t feel like spending another $900 on clamps if I don’t have to

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11/1/2018 9:02 AM

You can heat it up to 400-500 degreesF and bend it if its aluminum. I dont think it will be perfect. Maybe a parallel vise can help? I think finding a used set on ebay would be the most economic and safe option.

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11/1/2018 11:17 AM

kb228 wrote:

You can heat it up to 400-500 degreesF and bend it if its aluminum. I dont think it will be perfect. Maybe a parallel vise can ...more

Heating it up and bending it is not likely to achieve the result you want and will screw up the heat treatment/aging if not properly done.

Who made the clamps, maybe they have a crash replacement plan? Getting a new one is the right thing to do here.

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11/2/2018 3:32 PM

ben5020 wrote:

Anybody know of anyone that can successfully straighten out a bottom triple clamp? It has a slight tweak to it when put on a ...more

You have to. You'll never get it perfect, and anything you do to take the twist out will weaken the clamps. Not worth risking a catastrophic failure/death/paralysis over a set of clamps

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11/2/2018 3:45 PM

ben5020 wrote:

Anybody know of anyone that can successfully straighten out a bottom triple clamp? It has a slight tweak to it when put on a ...more

harescrambled wrote:

You have to. You'll never get it perfect, and anything you do to take the twist out will weaken the clamps. Not worth risking ...more

X2.

Not to get all nerdy.. but once a material gets bent past the point where it bends and no longer snaps back to the original shape, its no longer as strong in the area it bent at.

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11/3/2018 2:05 PM

ben5020 wrote:

Anybody know of anyone that can successfully straighten out a bottom triple clamp? It has a slight tweak to it when put on a ...more

harescrambled wrote:

You have to. You'll never get it perfect, and anything you do to take the twist out will weaken the clamps. Not worth risking ...more

kb228 wrote:

X2.

Not to get all nerdy.. but once a material gets bent past the point where it bends and no longer snaps back to the ...more

My point exactly. once anything has bent, it's been taken past its yield point, and will never be as strong as it was originally. Also, once past the yield point, a catastrophic failure (think snapped in half, forks separate from the bike) is more likely than a gradual failure (visible cracking)

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Many thanks to everyone helping me out this GNCC season: SRT Offroad, Acerbis, FCR Suspension, O'Neal Racing, Evans Waterless Coolants, Rekluse, Twin Air, Braking Brakes, Carbsport

Profile image credit Ken Hill Photography