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Vance Blosser

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About Vance Blosser

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    Russian Bike Nut
  • Birthday 01/10/1954

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    Winchester VA
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    Good Science Fiction. Doing maintenance on older vehicles. Riding the Ural. Unusual vehicles.

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    2004 Retro.

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  1. They were still alive and kicking on the East coast, from Maryland to North Carolina, until Covid hit. I usually attend 2 a year - both multi day events with camping for those who want to camp, rides, and great group meals.
  2. I've had them foul up on my 94 Ural (long gone now) when I forgot and left the choke one and it would never clear. I could clean it and it would work, but carbon would knock it out. There is an internal "emergency" ground on most of the newer coils so that if one is disconnected that spark will go to ground internally keeping the other plug firing. Some of the older coils didn't have this and would then jump the insulation on the secondary which ruined the coil. Old Ural hand wound coils had metal tabs a few mm from the spark plug wire terminal to serve the same purpose.
  3. The spark plugs in series setup has been used for decades by dozens of manufacturers including Harley Davidson. Many automotive engines used it in the time after distributors went away and before the coil for each spark plugs became the norm.
  4. A 2004 bike came with electronic ignition, specifically one with a "hockey puck" of aluminum mounted ahead of the front timing cover. It should have an LED on it to let you know it's firing. The spark plugs are wired in series with each other, if one has fouled enough the spark just goes to the other plug and normally it won't burn off the carbon on the dead one. But, as stated, the most likely culprit is in the fuel system. Check the rubber mounts where the carbs attach to the engine, these are known to crack with time and will let air leak in, making it too lean to start and run. S
  5. Actually the reported numbers are low. Many carriers are asymptomatic and fly under the radar. Others don't think it's serious and don't seek medical help.
  6. So you are saying that all those deaths in other countries were arranged just to affect the outcome of the election here? I don't think so. People in this country have become convinced that all opinions are equal, and this isn't true. Each person should be equal (although we haven't reached that yet) but opinions need to be qualified by facts in order to be valid. But we have a lot of the public believing whatever they want and putting their temporary discomfort above other peoples lives. And just being a celebrity doesn't validate an opinion but the average person accepts a talking head on TV
  7. That's a slightly different ignition type than the ones that used to come on Urals. The types 2 and 3 looked like that but used a rotor with steel slugs in it to trigger the ignition, whereas this one uses an optical sensor. I have seen 2 types of instructions for the electronic ignitions (not including fuel injected bikes). One set says to do what you have done, and the other says to set the flywheel mark to the first mark to appear in the flywheel window which is the advanced setting. Since the above method didn't work, try the advance mark method and see if it starts. If it does start ver
  8. Thanks for the heads up. I was pretty sure this would be the case.
  9. Was it stuck when you rocked it (resisted being turned) or did it turn easily when pushing? If so I think your problem is with the kickstarter mechanism itself. You can test this by pulling the clutch and kicking it then - if it moves freely it's not the kickstarter.
  10. I'll put my money on the non-crank items.
  11. The 750 Urals cranks are assembled differently than the 650 cranks. It's done while heated very hot and with much higher pressures, I've never heard of a 750 crank having this issue.
  12. "Major Tom" did not buy the Russian Factory, he was just an importer. His contract expired in 2003 and the 3 RUSSIAN owners took over US distribution themselves. The reasons for the continual changes are survival - they couldn't sell bikes at the quality levels of the 90s and they also had to meet ever tightening emissions and braking standards. Since they now sell less than 1 percent of the volume they had under the Soviet government they can no longer in house facilities to make wheels, do chrome work, make alternators or fuel systems and such and have had to purchase from outside. Vendors c
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