Bending chromoly

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  1. thexjfiles

    thexjfiles Active Member

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    Can you heat and bend chromoly steel just like regular bar stock? I have an RE trackbar, and I need to straighten out one of the bends. Can I just heat with torch and try to straighten it out. Will it compromise the strength of the trackbar?
    thanks.....
     
  2. CarolinaTruggies

    CarolinaTruggies Well-Known Member

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    Ive never tried to to bend chromoly other than for roll cages but there is no doubt that it will loose strength.
     
  3. rockcity

    rockcity el Hefe

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    it will compromise the strength if you heat it.

    If you heat it, wrap it throughly in a fiberbglass blanket afterwards and let it cool slowly
     
  4. Rich

    Rich Asshole at large

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    RE makes their suspension parts from CroMo? That's a new one..
     
  5. zubz

    zubz Well-Known Member

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    Nope, always been the case on the track bars.

    I would take the pieces and build a new one. It is definitely better than trying to straighten that one. Straightening them seldom works correctly with the stretch that the tube already saw during bending.....
     
  6. thexjfiles

    thexjfiles Active Member

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    Track bar...

    I just bolted on a Rustys Track bar bracket (frame end), and now my RE track bar really needs to be forward about one inch to fit right in the middle of the bracket. Thats why Ive been wondering about taking a little out of the bend.
    thanks for the replies....
     

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