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    How to fix bent turn signal bracket on BMW R75/5

    Hi all,

    I have an ever so slightly bent turn signal bracket on my bmw r75/5. It is a 1971 model. If I had thought about this I would have purchased two new turn signal brackets (for the front forks) as the bike just had the fork oil and rubber boots replaced. Damn.

    Anyway I just realized one side was bent ever so slightly (but enough to notice that its sagging below the other) and wondered if there is any way to fix/bend it back without damaging the front forks/etc?


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    Jonathan

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    The material they are fabricated from isn't anything other than mild steel. They are easy to bend back into position. You won't hurt anything if you reposition them.

    I found an 18" piece of steel rod that fit into the stub (with the aluminum housing removed) and it moved with no problems at all.
    "It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

    Lew Morris
    1973 R75/5 - original owner

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    Oh nice. Thats great to hear!


    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    The material they are fabricated from isn't anything other than mild steel. They are easy to bend back into position. You won't hurt anything if you reposition them.

    I found an 18" piece of steel rod that fit into the stub (with the aluminum housing removed) and it moved with no problems at all.
    I agree with Lew as my 1976 R75/6 came with a Vetter fairing. When it was installed years ago, all they did was bend the signal light stubs 80 degrees and left them there till I removed the fairing. I put the stub ends into a suitable internal diameter piece of steel rod, carefully heated the bent area and placed them back into the original position. Left some heat marks, but would chrome nicely. Still have them in the parts drawer as a reminder, boy do the German designers sure know how to build things. Couldn't do that with a Lucas winkers stub!
    Rick MacPherson
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    1968 BSA Starfire, 1976 BMW R75/6, 2009 R1200RT

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    ... my 1976 R75/6 came with a Vetter fairing. When it was installed years ago, all they did was bend the signal light stubs 80 degrees and left them there till I removed the fairing.
    I worked in the R&D department of the Vetter Corporation in the late 70's/early 80s and have to admit ... that was one out finest kludge jobs. I even did it to my /5 rather than disassemble the front of the bike to install the fairing.
    "It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

    Lew Morris
    1973 R75/5 - original owner

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