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by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Piston Ring Install Problems - Tips?
Replies: 5
Views: 58

Re: Piston Ring Install Problems - Tips?

Sorry, I don't have the specs for 750 engines. But somebody here should. I'm pretty sure there is a manual link here as well. I've never looked for it. Not sure where it is posted. I have a 650 and a hard copy manual. It is standard piston ring fitting procedure. Manual should address it. You put ea...
by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: BMW conversion to Ural/Dnepr
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: BMW conversion to Ural/Dnepr

What happens to the input shaft, Van. Do they snap or does the clutch spline simply saw thru them?
by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: OH the typicla 70+ year old Ural frustration...rear brake adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: OH the typicla 70+ year old Ural frustration...rear brake adjustment

The rear drum brake having too much travel or requiring the foot to be pointed almost vertical to operate the brake is a common complaint that resulted in the term "ballerina effect" for braking with the rear brake. There are a few simple mods, like swapping the bellcrank link on brake ped...
by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Argggg - Patrol won't start
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Re: Argggg - Patrol won't start

Check for power to the EI with the ignition on. If you have power to the EI, it is either the EI or the coil. You should have done this before started taking parts off the bike. If you suspect an electric part has failed, first check that the part is getting the proper power it wants and has the gro...
by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Piston Ring Install Problems - Tips?
Replies: 5
Views: 58

Re: Piston Ring Install Problems - Tips?

Before you do anything, you should install the rings into the cylinders and check the end gap. If the oil rings are tight, that could be the problem. And if they are tight, you might have tight end gaps and that might cause problems in an engine after it warms up. Once you establish that you have th...
by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: The Black Market
Topic: Phoenix Craigslist - 2004 Ural Wolf $995
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Phoenix Craigslist - 2004 Ural Wolf $995

Guy had a pair of the traditional boots on at the Pewter run several years ago. They looked like nice boots and he said that they were comfortable. Only thing I did not like was that Gasolina nameplate riveted to the outside of the boot shaft. I actually called to see if I could order a pair without...
by Snakeoil
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: New member
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: New member

Welcome to the zoo. I hope that the foil hat will not clash with your uniform. :wink:
by Snakeoil
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Ural/Dnepr 101 - Newbie Questions
Topic: Newbie intro and question
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Newbie intro and question

I suspect that every tire failure has its own unique circumstances that would require a different reaction by the owner. I suspect that the rig pulled left because you suddenly had a drag at the left rear from the tire being flat. So steering into it was the right response. Why the tire was slashed ...
by Snakeoil
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Bounty Hunter (Chris Harris) at LeMoto
Replies: 14
Views: 381

Re: Bounty Hunter (Chris Harris) at LeMoto

That BMW rant is one of my favorite vids. Glad to see he is doing well. I understand he had some serious health issues. Last vid of his that I saw he did not look well.

Thanks for sharing.
by Snakeoil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Steering column stem (thread pitch)
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Steering column stem (thread pitch)

Note that I said tap and not whack.
by Snakeoil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: M70 Replacement
Replies: 17
Views: 399

Re: M70 Replacement

I have always understood that to sell products in the US you must provide spare parts for 7 years after the product ceases to be offered.
by Snakeoil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Steering column stem (thread pitch)
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Steering column stem (thread pitch)

I would be reluctant to run a die down those threads. Dies remove material. I'd suggest you use the nut and a hammer to reform the threads. This will not remove any material and maintain the maximum integrity of the thread once repaired. I made a sketch up a week or two ago to show how it is done fo...
by Snakeoil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Ural/Dnepr 101 - Newbie Questions
Topic: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?
Replies: 32
Views: 769

Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Bought a 2000 650 Tourist that did not run, 3 flat tires and Kreem in the tank. Oh, it was so dirty it looked like it was painted with flat black. So bad that my original plan was to junk the bike and keep the sidecar. New crank, 2 new jugs, new alternator, all new bearings, new timing gears, re-ali...
by Snakeoil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Hope for frustrated new Ural owners...
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: Hope for frustrated new Ural owners...

It just takes patience and maintenance and as you can see, I don't cut her a lot of slack on the highway...100k? May be on way to CRAP, who knows...


Congrats!! :cheers:

I'm past the bad part now :lol:


Ooooo... 5 sixes. That like the devil's bike with two spare souls. :shock:
by Snakeoil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Steering column stem (thread pitch)
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Steering column stem (thread pitch)

Since nobody has given you your answer yet, here is what I suggest. Go to Fastenal or maybe even Horror Fright and get yourself a metric thread pitch gauge. Might as well pick up an SAE gauge while you are there as well. They you can measure the pitch of any thread yourself. Here are a few that have...

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