Snowmen & Other Stuff

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Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby stagewex » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:13 pm

Couple months ago when I changed all my U-Joints I spent enough time on my back under the rig to notice that my Snowmen were looking sad. There was some minor spider-crazing and cracks. With my next order of spares from Crawford's I had Terry send me two new snowmen. Sitting in the garage for a month before I also ordered a pair of Helper Springs from Van (Gobium).

Summer-like weather today and I was off so:

Had these sitting around for awhile.
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Ten (10) years old. Not critical but for a mostly garaged motorcycle a little surprising. Does take a lot of shock.
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I didn't have any silicone like Van use's in his video. But I had some silicone chain lube that worked excellent. The Helper Springs slipped right into the new snowmen.
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All done and good for another 10 years.
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby stagewex » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:30 pm

The other stuff:

Noticed the valve on the pusher was getting sideways. Probably slipped the rim while lower deflation off road. Then filled it and it has been wrong since.
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Deflated the tire and used a carpenters clamp and rubber mallet to break the bead. After loosening the valve nuts I put it in 1st gear and was able to rotate the tire on the rim until the valve was straight.
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Tightened the nuts and inflated to 40psi. All good.
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I also went for a short ride to heat up the FD, dropped the fluid and changed. I did the engine and gearbox oil on Saturday and didn't get to this yet. I also did this a couple months ago and found water had entered the FD making the fluid milky-like, like a Guinness Black & Tan. Another side effect of playing in the water.
Came out nice, thin black this time as it should be, pretty clean. She got a nice bottle of new 80/90 nectar. Then went for a nice long ride.
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby Snakeoil » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:30 am

In addition to UV, Ozone is also an enemy of rubber products.
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby stagewex » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:42 pm

Those snowmen do take a shock-load beating and are probably the most unloved parts on a Ural.
I don't know what they are really made of but I have some original rubber parts in better condition on my r60/2 and that bike is almost 49 years old.
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby roscoau » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:29 am

What are the dimensions of these springs? Length and OD?

stagewex wrote:
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby Lee Pape » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:58 am

gobium has them custom made by a spring maker he knows.
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby stagewex » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:12 pm

Go here for Gobiums initial posting:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=48037&hilit=snowmen+helper
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Re: Snowmen & Other Stuff

Postby roscoau » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:23 am

stagewex wrote:Go here for Gobiums initial posting:

http://sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopi ... men+helper


Thanks for that, I've dropped him a line...
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