Not off subject at all.
My problem is I don't have a big enough vice. My vice won't handle the tuque of trying to bend with an extension bar.
Does anyone have another suggestion of how to hold the bars while bending?
Me too. I straightened the bumper on a 69 F-150 like that once. Wedged it in the tree fork and hooked a comalong to the truck hitch. Pull a little... whack it with a sledge... pull a little, whack it again. Old school... but it works.( I'm really old school sometimes)
Glad you got it!You guys know how you tell hardtailers to spread the axle plates with a scissor Jack? IT WORKS!! I put two pipe clamps at the rear crossmembers so that I wouldn't crack the spot welds, scissor jack between the axle plates, moved it more than an inch to gain 1/4". I can't think of any tools that I have that would have done a better job. No noticeable difference with the sprocket alignment. I'm a happy guy.