Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bright, Clear and Sunny

Today was one of those wonderful bright, clear, sunny days when it was great to be in Fairbanks. As you may guess, I made another PBC video (#11) and since it was below 0°F, I rode a bit extra (more points). I also stopped at the Large Animal Research Station and since the musk ox were near the fence, I took a little GoPro video of them. They don't move much. This photo was taken at the Creamers Field visitor center. Creamers Field is a wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of town. I liked the frosty tree.


This evening, I replaced some of the studs in the pusher. The stud in the lower left was one of the ones that were replaced. I think roughly ⅓ of the studs were really worn down. At $1 per GripStud from Aerostitch, I think I see a pneumatic stud tool in my future as the automotive studs are a fraction of the cost. This is the second time that I had replaced ⅓ of the studs. By the end of the winter, I suspect that all of the pusher studs will have been replaced at least once. I'm seeing a lot more wear than the Beemer since I'm putting more miles on the Ural.

I also adjusted the valves. The valves on the left cylinder were maybe 0.002" loose but those on the right side were closer to 0.004" loose. I'm hoping that I just didn't do a good job the last time and not some problem. There seemed to be plenty of clean oil in the valve cover but there was some end play on both rocker arms. Enough to make valve adjustment a challenge.





15 comments:

VStar Lady said...

Loved the 'winter decorated' tree. This morning our trees are all ice covered.

Martha said...

Bragging about being up before the sun rises doesn't really mean much in AK!

Thanks for the trip to see the muskoxen. Our deep minus-something weather is right at our door. I won't be out playing in it this time.

Trobairitz said...

That frosty tree with the sunlight is pretty cool. I like it.

RichardM said...

I still find the frost covered trees very pretty. Especially when the sun is bright.

RichardM said...

At least at this time of year. For three monthsi in the middle of winter I'll work from sunrise to sunset...

The last time I was here, I didn't see any musk ox.

RichardM said...

Creamers Field has a lot of trails and marsh lands behind it. And bird watchers visit from around the world. It's nice to have someplace like this in town.

SonjaM said...

You captured a beautiful light there, Richard.

redlegsrides said...

One checks the torque on the head bolts, using no more than 36 nm by the way, and then do the valve checks....I've sometimes forgotten and had to repeat the whole process! I like the first pic with the snowy tree...

RichardM said...

Thank you, it's really nice this time of year once the sun comes out.

RichardM said...

I did not torque the head bolts but after 22,500 km, is it necessary?

Troubadour said...

Are you known around town as the crazy Ural rider yet? 11 PBC videos does qualify you as crazy. Brrrr.

redlegsrides said...

the way I understand it, you check it each time before the valve clearances...never exceeding 36nm, some manuals say 42nm but that has been proven too much.

RichardM said...

Or as a normal Ural rider. Wait 'til you see the next boring video. -28°F...

RichardM said...

The procedure is to back off the head bolt then re-torque?

redlegsrides said...

two schools of thought on that....one says to back off and re-torque, the other says just check the torque....I go with the second school....perhaps ask Mickey?