Bending Steering Knuckle Arm Back Into Shape?

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Bending Steering Knuckle Arm Back Into Shape?

Postby EugeneFromMichigan » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:06 pm

Both of the original steering knuckle arms on my Cub were broken and welded by the previous owner, so I recently ordered two replacements from a used parts dealer I've purchased from before. On closer inspection, however, one of these replacement arms itself appears bent, with the ball for the tie-rod end displaced rearward roughly 1/2 inch, resulting in a tighter radius for the "gooseneck" below the ball. I suppose I could return this and ask for a different one, but am wondering how difficult (and wise) it would be to heat this part of the arm and bend it back into shape? I'm unsure whether this part is cast or forged, but it is obviously malleable to some extend since it bent in the first place. Does anyone have any experience in this regard, or any suggestions/cautions? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Bending Steering Knuckle Arm Back Into Shape?

Postby tst » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:17 pm

I have bent some back cold, and some heated, some broke in the sharp curve, check it closely for cracks in the bend

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Re: Bending Steering Knuckle Arm Back Into Shape?

Postby EugeneFromMichigan » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:32 pm

Thanks tst! I'll take the paint and rust off at that point to check for cracks. If I find any, I'll return it; otherwise, my "do it yourself" mentality will probably make me want to try straightening it. I assume that - all things being equal - heating it to a dull red would be better than trying to bend it cold?

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Re: Bending Steering Knuckle Arm Back Into Shape?

Postby brewzalot » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:34 pm

EugeneFromMichigan wrote:heating it to a dull red would be better than trying to bend it cold?


Yes, I would use heat- JMHO

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