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Hey guys,
I bought a short throw shifter for my birthday that is made out of 1018 cold rolled steel and coated with a black finish, it's not paint it's some sort of coating. So the question is does anyone know if I can bend this? I want the shifter knob closer toward me, so a bend would be nice but I don't want to damage the shifter. Would it ruin it if I bent it, or could I just bend it, or maybe do I need some heat? Maybe someone with some metallurgy experience could chime in please. Thank yall. You guys rock! Dave
 

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Sounds like it falls into the general range of other basic carbon alloy mild steels (such as 1010, 1015, 1020, 1025, etc.). I guess If you can bend easily with out breaking or not depends if it was heat treated or not.
 
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