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    • #58408
      Brian Spek

      Putting a stock onto a shifter kart and looks like the long tie rod that connects to the shifter arm will need a bend in it.  Ideas on the easiest/safest way to bend these are welcome… thanks.

    • #58411
      Nick Galante

      Mock it up in your kart, then sharpie marker where you want it bent.

      Put it in a vise and bend once, then check. Repeat if necessary.

      You may need to make a couple of bends in a couple different spots.

      Try to have as little as possible. Measure and mark twice, bend once.

      I use a steel bar that slips over the rod to bend it in the correct spot.

      If it is Aluminum make sure you never over bend it, because aluminum doesn’t like to bend back, once it is bent in one direction. Steel is more forgiving.

      If you need to cut it, try to cut it on the right hand threaded side. It’s easier to tap ,if necessary. Unless you have a left-handed m8 tap.

    • #58447
      Matt Dixon

      +1 to what Nick said. I use a coat hanger to mock up


    • #58816
      Brian Spek

      Thanks. Worked great.

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