Thursday, January 29, 2015

"I'm Officially Bored" Challenge

Here is my only entry to the "I am officially bored" challenge. And it is only part of a plane. This picture was taken last September as part of the 2014 Ural National Rally Day. This is a candy store at one of the local tourist hotels. The only tie in with an airplane is that the hotel is right across the street from the airport.

No covered bridges, no barns...

As you can see, lots of disassembly on the Ural. I opted to pull the rest of the lifters and see if any display the same kind of wear as the left exhaust. Instead of removing the sidecar completely, I tried Dom's suggestion of lifting up the body of the sidecar to get to the right side of the engine. The sidecar frame still got in the way of removing the head so I ended up loosening up all of the sidecar mounts to move the frame down.

Here is most of the parts that have been removed from the engine. All are labeled so that they can go back into the same location. The left exhaust is the only lifter that shows excessive wear. There is also some unusual wear on one of the push rods but not enough to compromise it's function.

There is yet another PBC video. Here is the latest -36°F ride that was posted. Tomorrow's post is a much colder day. A not very interesting video as it is just an early morning ride from a couple of days ago.




8 comments:

SonjaM said...

Well, thanks Richard. The bike & plan picture is super!!!

Plus another great PBC ride. Is the camera still working ok under these temps?

redlegsrides said...

Too bad simply raising the tub didn't give you enough clearance. Remember upon re-assembly, no more than 34-36 ft/lbs on the head bolts. Any signs of unusual wear on the adjustment nuts where the end of the pushrod contacts them? I am told by my dealer here that it's another known issue when metal treatment is faulty.

RichardM said...

The camera battery performance is dismal. At least I'm assuming that it's the battery. The camera shuts off after a very short time.

RichardM said...

Mickey had me check the rocker arms for cracks and I couldn't see any but I hadn't checked the adjustment pieces themselves yet. Something to do this evening...

Conchscooter said...

I keep wishing Ural had it together but these endless stories about tearing them down with so few miles on them leaves me wondering if they will ever get into this century. I know you need two wheel drive in your neck of the woods but it seems a high price to pay.
I thought I might have detected some clutch slip on the Bonneville under sharp acceleration. Maybe, maybe not, but after 84,000 miles (140,000 kilometers) it's entitled I think.

RichardM said...

I felt the same way about the Ural as well. But most things seem to be in pretty good shape. I never expected to have to dig into the engine with so few miles but then again, it was simple to do. The left side took only about 15 min. The right side a little longer as the side car sort of gets in the way.

But you are right, 22k km is not that many. In the past when living in CA, I would've put three times the mileage in a single year...

Conchscooter said...

I hope the new Urals do better. I can see the day when I will want an outfit. There is so much to like about them, interchangeable tires etc...

RichardM said...

I hear a lot of good things about the new models. Even during my recent discussion with the Anchorage dealer, he mentioned some of the unseen upgrades such as the pushrod design and actually shimming the rocker arms. But there still isn't a real pressurized lubrication system...