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Bend R-Gaza Saddlebag Bars?

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Bend R-Gaza Saddlebag Bars?

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Hello!

I had a tipover last weekend and my R-Gaza saddlebag bar bent back where it contacts the saddlebag. Any ideas on how to bend them back? I don't have a table-mounted vise, just hand tools. Thinking hammers aren't the way. Here's a link to the bars on R-Gaza's site so you can see what I have to work with:

https://www.ruchkagaza.com/product-page ... age-guards

I figure bending the flat mounting brackets at the end would be sufficient. I tried vise grips on the bracket near the tube plus brute strength, but I'm a fat old guy, not a brute...

Find a neighbor with a table-mounted vise and use my weight when pulling? Any other ideas?
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I answered in the other sandbox.... I'd buy a new one.
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Take it off, clamp the bracket in a vise and pull? Then switch to the other?

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I would agree with Ray. My left engine guard on my R1200 GS was tweaked by an impact from previous owner. I really worked at it with heat, hand tools, crowbar, etc. Could not get it to align properly. Picked up a used one in the end due to the ridiculous price of new from BMW.
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I had ordered another set from Amazon before I posted this, in case I couldn't find workable bending advice. Rather than flex it towards weakness for the next owner, I've decided to replace with new.

Thanks!
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