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Username Post: torsion rod        (Topic#366786)
995jim 
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995jim
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10-25-21 03:22 PM - Post#2829733    

Hi, I will have to reproduce a 7/16" dia torsion rod for the tailgate on a 65 impala wagon but am unsure which type of rod to buy with all the choices. I need about 6 ft in length. Once the choice has been made then I dont know if I should heat the spots to bend or cold bend . Then is cracking become a factor with a hardened rod if thats the right choice. What do you think?
thanks jim

Jim

65' Impala SS, 65' Belair, 89' Silverado Z71, 95' Silverado Z71, 12' Silverado, 15' Silverado LTZ, 16' Tahoe LTZ


 




wagonman100 
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10-26-21 06:43 AM - Post#2829758    
    In response to 995jim

The rods are spring steel and you cannot heat them to bend them. I believe they need to be in an annealed state while bending and then they are heat treated and tempered afterward.

Jay
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Mercedes 
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10-29-21 05:03 PM - Post#2829947    
    In response to wagonman100

Definitely spring steel. I wouldn't be messing with trying to heat and bend it into shape, either.

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