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Does this PW50 have a bent frame ?

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New member and first-time poster here. Hopefully, some of you PW50 gurus can answer my questions and give me some guidance.

I do not have access to another PW50 for comparison. None of my local dealers even have a PW50 on the showroom floor (new or used).

I just got my kids a 2005 PW50 that appears to be in great condition except for the typical broken "Off-Run-Start" switch and the fact that the mounting holes on the rear fender do not line up very well with the threaded holes on the frame. The discrepancy is about 1/2 inch. If I push down really hard on the seat, I can get the holes "almost" lined up, but I would not think that this should be the case.

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Here are a couple of side views of the rear loop of the frame. Is this part of the frame bent upwards or does it look normal ?

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There is also a hole drilled in to the very back of this loop of the frame. Does it come this way from the factory ?

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The rear part of the frame is symmetrical. Except for the scraped area visible in the photo above, I do not see any creases, stretched metal or stress in the paint. The welds are intact and appear to be factory. I cannot see any paint touch-ups and it appears that this is the original factory paint.

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If this loop of the frame is bent upwards, what is the best way to get it back to normal position without distorting the symmetry or damaging the welds ?

Any guidance or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks !

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I had the same problem with the bolt holes on our kids' '95. We had two sets of plastic; one set was worse than the other. Ours also had the hole in the rear hoop. Your frame is probably fine - maybe it was welded up in the jig on a Monday or Friday.

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Sorry, I don't have a 50 either for comparison, but from the photos, if it was bent, whomever bent it did an excellent job of keeping it perfectly even without kinking anything, highly unusual for a crash.

I think it's supposed to be that way, although I'll admit the hole in the hoop looks off center in at least two dimensions.

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bronc3 and Smacaroni, thank you both for your input.

I was hoping that this frame wasn't tweaked. I didn't think it was, because everything was still symmetrical and I could see no signs of metal stress or fatigue. You two have confirmed what I thought and I appreciate it.

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i am at work and cant post pics, but i will post pics of our bent frame later.

i put it in a hydralic press and bent it back into shape. then we had to gusset up the neck and backbone of the pw.

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