What did you do to your Ural today?

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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:36 am

Prepared this spare brake switch - got it off eBay, almost identical to the factory one, but only almost - same size and fitting etc., but all its bits are actually different manufacture. But which indicates there is evidently a "fashion" for these style switches.

I had to extend the wires and fit 1/4" blade connectors so it would work on the Ural.

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The stock one will probably never go wrong now. :lol:


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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by wooden nickel » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:43 am

I have my original brake switch hanging on the wall now. Replaced it with this:
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No more problems.
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:15 am

Still on warranty, so that's a modification too far at this stage. Besides I don't object to the pull switch, in principle.
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by BlueRockCrawler » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:24 am

Mr Wazzock wrote:Still on warranty, so that's a modification too far at this stage. Besides I don't object to the pull switch, in principle.
?? It's literally a bolt and, a washer, and two wires :) I'm confused, if your's isn't broke why did you order a new one? If you're spending money on not broke parts, why wouldn't you upgrade? I don't think a banjo bolt will void your warranty unless your making a claim about the rear brakes, which more than likely would be that the crappy OEM pull switch got stuck, needs cleaning and/or adjustment. :lol:
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by bgenest » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:23 pm

Mr Wazzock wrote:Farkles!! Image

Was a nice day today (for a change!!) so I did this:

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However it never remotely occurred to me to even think about the height, and turns out it's about 1 inch higher than the Enduro seat. :o So I'm now looking at ways to possibly make it a bit lower.

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How you liking the new seat? Any comments? I am thinking of changing from my stepped bench seat.
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:57 pm

Not had a proper chance to ride on it yet, but should be OK.

@ BlueRock, I think I'm free to make a personal choice, but thanks.
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Tomcatfixer » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:03 pm

I began the 30,000km service on the Mobile Chernobyl.
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Lately, the starter has been kinda weak and would intermittently skip when I crank the motor. I assumed that the weakness was internal corrosion from the Jersey Devil Hunt and the skipping was from Jersey Pine Barren mud on the flywheel. I was half right. The starter was quite rusty inside (sorry, I didn't capture any imagery, but I spent a good while cleaning and treating it.).

But the cause of the skipping was this missing starter mounting bolt:
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The edges of the flywheel teeth are a little rounded, but nothing warranting flywheel or starter gear replacement.
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I also drained all of the fluids (I'll re-fill at the end of the service) and there were no metallic particles of concern, just a fine black powder-mud on each of the three magnets.

The heads were all still holding 36ft-lbs of torque and both intake valves were a perfect .004". Each exhaust valve had tightened up, however. I have to open 'em both back up to .004".

I out the original black valve covers back on with fancy new orange silicone gaskets. The red wrinkle-coat "ypan" valve covers I made were looking pretty rough, so I'll take this opportunity to "re-fancify" 'em (maybe "yorange" this time).

I'm considering dropping the transmission and opening it up tomorrow. It's shifting weird. I wonder if I've bent a shift fork? Also, it seems to leak oil out of the shift stop adjuster screws.

In addition, thanks to a post by Mr. Wazzock, I think I'll finally install the hydraulic brake light switch that I've been waiting to install.

I might "down" the 'Chernobyl for a while and get some corrosion treatment and painting completed, too. We'll see how I feel.
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by windmill » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:26 pm

BlueRockCrawler wrote:
Mr Wazzock wrote:Still on warranty, so that's a modification too far at this stage. Besides I don't object to the pull switch, in principle.
I don't think a banjo bolt will void your warranty unless your making a claim about the rear brakes, which more than likely would be that the crappy OEM pull switch got stuck, needs cleaning and/or adjustment. :lol:
The hydraulic switch is OEM now, so I seriously doubt it would void the warranty. :wink:
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Msblu79 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:54 am

Started the process of putting my clutch & drivetrain back together. Installed a new clutch pack so far and took the old fiber plates to work and did a Rockwell hardness test on the worn out center spline part to see why it failed. The two fiber plates had different colored center parts riveted to them and the splines in one were completely gone. The worn out hub had a hardness of 10Rc, very soft, the other, which was OK, had a hardness of 36Rc which appears to be enough as it was still serviceable. I replaced both of them just to be safe. I did not test the new ones, didn't think about it until they were already installed. So that explains why the one plate wore out so quickly, 10Rc is not near enough hardness to survive the load it has to take without wearing out pretty quickly. There appears to be a bunch of clutch plates out there in the wild that have not had the center hub hardened correctly. I can't complain to much as I still got 80,000 klicks out of it but some folks have had a lot less luck with them. Gonna order the rest of the parts this week and get her back in operation, missed alot of fun in the snow this year. :cheers:
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by BlueRockCrawler » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:09 am

Mr Wazzock wrote:Not had a proper chance to ride on it yet, but should be OK.

@ BlueRock, I think I'm free to make a personal choice, but thanks.
I was asking questions, not questioning you. I am simply interested in other peoples views and reasoning and try to learn different perspectives whenever I can. I learn a lot by asking questions as there are often good reasons people do things certain ways. I apologize for miscommunicating my curiosity.
windmill wrote:The hydraulic switch is OEM now, so I seriously doubt it would void the warranty. :wink:
It's almost like they read the forums or something :cheers:
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:26 pm

OK I'll be honest I can't be asked to fit the hydraulic switch because basically I'm too lazy. Also I'm somewhat mistrustful of them having seen them go wrong in the past. I like the idea of the pull switch because it seems simpler, to me. Having said that tho, mine did play up when I first got it, not switching off and later not making contact. Is fixed now but just in case, I now have a spare that I can carry around, and swap in at a moment's notice if the original goes wrong again, "in the field" as it were (perhaps literally, if e.g. on a camp site). :D

Sheesh wish I'd never mentioned it!

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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by wooden nickel » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:01 pm

Wazzock,
One of the best things about these bikes is that we can all fall to our inner Luddite levels, whatever they may be.
Ya gotta make yourself happy.
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Speedbump » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:59 pm

Setting things up for the new bars and risers that are on the way. The windscreen braces will be too short for the new setup, so I "added" to their length. The plastic holders that connect to the bars hold water and that rusts out the end of the rods. So I drilled them through.
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I will have to mod the lower part of the screen to sit lower after the new bars are on. All in all, I'm a happy camper. :D
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Tomcatfixer » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:01 pm

Very nice.
How effective are those bar-end mirrors, Glen³?
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Re: What did you do to your Ural today?

Post by Speedbump » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:07 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:Very nice.
How effective are those bar-end mirrors, Glen³?
Thanks.
The mirrors aren't bad to see out of but they can loosen up (like everything else on this bike) and move a little as you're riding. I found the eye stalks to be a distraction, but you have to get used to looking down to see out of these. Vibrations not bad either. Price was right too.
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