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Bending the rods would likely cause the chrome plating to crack and flake off. Heating it would discolor it and would probably damage the upholstery and foam underneath. If the rods are not plated and they’re just polished, then someone might be able to rig up some sort clamp in a vice and bend the rods with a sufficiently large mallet, hopefully without just snapping them off in the process. If the material is hardened at all, they might not want to bend without cracking.
I second the vote for looking at headrests from other cars or maybe an aftermarket part to see if something else might be a better fit for you. I know there are aftermarket headrests out there that are universal fit using adjustable center spacing on the rods, but I can’t say I’ve seen any with adjustable tilt.
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