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Old Sep 29, 2011, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by shootnstarz View Post
I am doing a repair job on a 35% Edge and the aluminum landing gear is bent. Someone told me to heat it up to straighten it. I know the old fashion vice and hardwood blocks won't work on a gear this thick.

What's the best way to straighten out these large landing gears?

Depending on the alloy, heating can anneal the aluminum, changing the temper. That might take the spring out of the gear, so I'd just bend the gear back into shape. A pipe wrench with wood jaw pads can add the leverage required to bend heavy duty gear, especially if a pipe extension is added. Aluminum is notch sensitive (prone to tearing), so if the edges of the gear are sharp or have nicks, you might consider filing a slight radius to the edge prior to bending. Soft jaw pads for any clamps that might be required will reduce the risk of further damage to the surface of the gear.
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