So I was going through the upgrade through the years on Ural trying to decide if there are any upgrades I want to do while I put it back together.
One thing I saw was that in 2008 there was this upgrade: Tapered steering head bearings (SKF)
To me that should mean that the tapered steering head bearings are SKF bearings which are high quality German made bearings.
So I wonder why my 2011 has KG brand bearings in the steering head
Makes me wonder if all the other bearings that are supposed to be SKF are actually SKF bearings or some other manufacturer.
Does the improvement mean only SKF bearing were used that one year and then they are free to change suppliers to save money in the following years
Since I have everything apart it is easy to tell. I just need to break out the magnifying glass.
There were a few upgrade on the list for after 2011 that interest me. Here they are in no particular order.
1. For 2012 - The sidecar drive distance bushing has been changed to help reduce drive bearing failures. : I am not sure exactly what this refers to. If anyone knows feel free to chime in. With everything disassembled, this is a good time to make changes.
2. For 2012 - The new brake switch is an electronic, spring-operated switch that is commonly seen throughout the industry. It is manufactured by K&S and can be used as an upgrade on any Ural with the use of a few new parts. : I will check into this one since my 2011 brake switch (if this is the one for the rear brakes) is very corroded.
3. For 2012 - The clutch slider will now use a double o-ring for better sealing. The additional o-ring acts as a dust seal preventing damage to the inner most o-ring from dirt and debris. : I figure this could not hurt adding an additional o-ring
4. For 2012 - The clutch rod arm now uses a standard shoulder bolt in place of the original pin with cotter key. : I would expect this would be another easy upgrade. Will have to do some looking to see if it is worth the time.
5. For 2012 - The factory made brake linkage forks and pins have been replaced with standard off the shelf parts. : All my brake linkage is very rusty. Might have to do this one too.
6. For 2012 - New front brake reaction link replaces the original bar with bushings.: Will have to see if I can find pictures of this to compare to mine. Probably not worth doing but who knows.
7. For 2012 - The new tie rod style link uses ball joints at each end and will provide a longer service life. No more rubber or poly bushings needed. : Not exactly sure what this refers to. I suspect since it is under the one above, it is referencing the new brake reaction link. On my 2011, the front brake is creaky.
8. For 2013 - New pushrods with better materials for increased performance : Am considering a push rod upgrade. Either these or the Modtop pushrods.
Enough thoughts for tonight