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by Snakeoil
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: 2014 & Later Model-Specific Wrenching Issues
Topic: Vibrations
Replies: 20
Views: 416

Re: Vibrations

Check all your engine mounts. Make sure all are tight and top mount is not cracked/broken. Probably good idea to check all tranny to engine flange bolts, starter bolts, alternator, etc.. That said, a boxer engine is a self-dampening design. My 650 is electric motor smooth. My R100/7 only shakes at l...
by Snakeoil
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: Alternate way to accurately check your fuel level
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Alternate way to accurately check your fuel level

Accidently discovered this relatively simple way to check your fuel level. Just needs cold weather and a quick application of warm moist air from your shop heater. :wink:

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by Snakeoil
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Ural/Dnepr 101 - Newbie Questions
Topic: Financing Advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: Financing Advice?

Bob S makes a good point. If you must borrow, borrow from yourself. The other option is if you own a home, get a home equity loan and you can deduct the interest from your taxes. A home equity loan would probably be the only way to get a loan for a 12 year old bike. The collateral is your house, not...
by Snakeoil
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Ural/Dnepr 101 - Newbie Questions
Topic: Financing Advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: Financing Advice?

I hate borrowing money or financing. I would get a big assed glass jug and start popping your spare money in it. When you have the right amount, then go shopping. You should be able to buy a decent rig (they show up on this site quite often) for 5-6K range. Excellent advice. Taking a loan on a depr...
by Snakeoil
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: The Virtual Watering Hole
Topic: MC Trailer (?) For Sale on Hemmings
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: MC Trailer (?) For Sale on Hemmings

Screw the trailer application. Take about 4 feet of length out of that sucker and it would make a great hack.
by Snakeoil
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: iKon Suspension for Urals
Replies: 69
Views: 2990

Re: iKon Suspension for Urals

They need to put padded walls around this forum.
by Snakeoil
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Ural/Dnepr 101 - Newbie Questions
Topic: This place is weird.
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: This place is weird.

I tend to believe that anyone with a Ural is not trying to compensate for anything. God help them if they are. Filtering out the wannabes, the insecure, the posers and the macho men tends to leave just normal, friendly, and helpful folk. Maybe a little weirdness here and there, but that never hurt a...
by Snakeoil
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Ural tool bag
Replies: 28
Views: 487

Re: Ural tool bag

8)
And THAT was some funny $#!+! How in the world did you find that video?!


He works for the gumment. They have ways.
by Snakeoil
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Ural tool bag
Replies: 28
Views: 487

Re: Ural tool bag

stagewex wrote:"Burly 15-ounce canvas construction."

I've noticed a lot of folks are using the word "Burley" in their advertising these days.


Ivan uses the term to describe his wife.
by Snakeoil
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: iKon Suspension for Urals
Replies: 69
Views: 2990

Re: iKon Suspension for Urals

I wonder why Ivan seems to prefer preloading the shocks?

Not to second guess or Monday morning QB your efforts, Lew, but can you not use a lever to move the eye under the mount?

My friend had a Dnepr in his shop. Gotta take a closer look, if for no other reason than curiosity.
by Snakeoil
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Burly Saddlebag
Replies: 13
Views: 271

Re: Burly Saddlebag

$150 for that bag is a great price. I don't think you could make it for that money and feed yourself from your labors. I heard about MAG and Tucker-Rocky. TR used to be based just down the road from me. I think the financial woes of these companies is not so much the poor bike market as it is how th...
by Snakeoil
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: iKon Suspension for Urals
Replies: 69
Views: 2990

Re: iKon Suspension for Urals

Lew, are they in a compressed state when mounted? Can you not jack up the bike to let the swing arm drop? I had to remove the passenger pegs and rubber bumper to get my swingarm to drop. It does not go down as far as it needs to be, to make it easy, but enough to make it not difficult. Hack shock ne...
by Snakeoil
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: General Hammerin' and Wrenchin' (all model years)
Topic: Paper vs metal (sintered bronze) fuel filter
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Paper vs metal (sintered bronze) fuel filter

Winter is the start of the Ural "riding season"! Yeah, I understand. But I get no joy from slogging thru the snow in a sidecar rig, knowing that the salt is getting into every nook and cranny where it will slowly eat away the low grade metal that is a Ural. When I first got the rig, one o...
by Snakeoil
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Burly Saddlebag
Replies: 13
Views: 271

Re: Burly Saddlebag

I should have noted 5:12 onward... there's conflicting information here, some views show the bags with the holes, some don't. Wonder if there are two versions (?) Machts nicht! We know they're there. I think you need to take an extra spoonful of Geritol in the morning Lew. :wink: Seriously, I think...
by Snakeoil
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: iKon Suspension for Urals
Replies: 69
Views: 2990

Re: iKon Suspension for Urals

Van's tool is very clever, as usual. I used a much simpler approach. Simple ratchet strap around the shock. Compress with weight on the hack wheel while cranking the strap tight. A little harder to recompress the shock off the bike but doable. Here's a pic of the shock compressed with the ratchet st...

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