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by Snakeoil
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Front fork alignment
Replies: 10
Views: 100

Re: Front fork alignment

Okay. Like a 60's Triumph. So loosen the nut and hit with a dead blow mallet. If I were assembling one, this is what I do. Insert legs into trees. Bottom tree loose, top nut maybe one turn short of finger tight. Install swingarm. Bolts should slide in. Swingarn should move freely with no binding. (S...
by Snakeoil
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Big Beemer Boxer (1800cc)
Replies: 40
Views: 573

Re: Big Beemer Boxer (1800cc)

I have an opportunity to by a very nice R50/2. Don't need another bike. But always like the /2 bikes. Belongs yo a friend. Said he'd take my S90 in trade, which would make room for the R50. Hate when stuff like this happens.
by Snakeoil
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Front fork alignment
Replies: 10
Views: 100

Re: Front fork alignment

GU has leading link front fork, not tele. Jaybird pretty much summed it up. I would think that the forks would self-align once assembled and the lower tree clamp and top nut loosened. Might have to smack it with a rubber mallet to break the stiction in the lower tree. Or maybe just bouncing up and d...
by Snakeoil
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Big Beemer Boxer (1800cc)
Replies: 40
Views: 573

Re: Big Beemer Boxer (1800cc)

I never said anything about nationalities and never would. Nor am I a fan of modern HD who seems to be stuck in the past. I still own a BMW, the one mentioned in my post. I also own a 2001 HD. I'm not anti-anybody or anything. My comments were based purely upon observation. I've been on the BMW tech...
by Snakeoil
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Big Beemer Boxer (1800cc)
Replies: 40
Views: 573

Re: Big Beemer Boxer (1800cc)

I would like a big inch Beemer boxer. But...and it is a big BUT... BMW is the poster child for OCD when it comes to over-complicating things. I have the last bike they made that did not require a crystal ball to troubleshoot, a '78 R100/7. After that year, it's a crap shoot. I tend to think modern B...
by Snakeoil
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: What did you do to your Ural today?
Replies: 14003
Views: 871235

Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Sprayed my gray battery with black truck bed liner. Much better. Took rig to hardware store for small engine fuel line to spruce up weed wacker.
by Snakeoil
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Drive Train knock
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Drive Train knock

If it changes with rig speed, it is not an engine issue. Jack up pusher and hack wheels and turn by hand. Listen and feel. Put hand on final drive and feel while turning. Put hand on hack driveshaft and feel. Turn hack wheel and feel and listen. Wiggle hack driveshaft to see if loose. Make sure hack...
by Snakeoil
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Ever seen this windshield before?
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Ever seen this windshield before?

Nope. But the metal for the bracket is so thin that I suspect it is homemade. Probably used some old windshield with a canvas bottom skirt and made that bracket you see mounted to the hack deck.

Unless there is some hidden support, I would expect the wind force to knock it down at any decent speed.
by Snakeoil
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: New look side covers - more dechromification
Replies: 38
Views: 1130

Re: New look side covers - more dechromification

Thought I'd resurrect this thread since what I did today is a continuation of last summer's mods. With C19 eating up projects like Pacman, I remembered that the gray battery case on my Ural battery really bugged me after installing the black sidecover in place of the OEM chrome cover. So I dug thru ...
by Snakeoil
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Cracked rims claim
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Cracked rims claim

I can't prove it, but in my case I'd say the spoke nipples were way to tight :? General experience with aluminum rims is if nipples are overtightened they will pull thru the rim. My suspicion is the alloy in these rims was taken beyond its yield point in the forming process. Might have been on the ...
by Snakeoil
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: The Gray Market
Topic: American Made Deerskin, Elk, Buffalo and Leather Gloves 25% off ....
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: American Made Deerskin, Elk, Buffalo and Leather Gloves 25% off ....

I bought elk last year and they were too tight. To fit my fingers, I'd need the next size up and according to their chart, fingers would be too long. Sent them back and got deer. Those were perfect. Elk is thicker than deer. Apparently they do not take that into account when they cut the elk. I wish...
by Snakeoil
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Toilet paper at hardware store - Ural to the rescue
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Toilet paper at hardware store - Ural to the rescue

Friend sent a text telling me they had TP at the local hardware store. That's a first! Next thought was lets blow the cobwebs out of the Ural. Fired right up. Ran a little rough until it burned up the fogging oil. Then ran as if I'd riddened it yesterday. It was nice to be out if only for a short ri...
by Snakeoil
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Aligning the Toe In By Measurement at Rear Adjust
Replies: 26
Views: 528

Re: Aligning the Toe In By Measurement at Rear Adjust

Last sentence has me puzzled. Constant right pull that requires a pull on the left hand and a pull on the right handle is worse as you always are not optimum vs an emergency that I think you can not only easily respond to. I think I understand that sentence. :) This was the basis for that statement...
by Snakeoil
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Aligning the Toe In By Measurement at Rear Adjust
Replies: 26
Views: 528

Re: Aligning the Toe In By Measurement

Don't forget tire wear. If the rig is properly aligned, tires should wear evenly. I measure tread depth on each side of the tread regularly. I spent 8 hours aligning my rig the first time. Mine has the rigid front lower mount. One thing that is key is knowing that moving one adjustment will affect t...
by Snakeoil
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Fellas I'm askeered
Replies: 41
Views: 715

Re: Fellas I'm askeered

My wife is saddened and frustrated by what has been going on. She just stands in front of the picture window and stares, hoping for this to end soon so that I will let her back into the house.