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Vance Blosser

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  1. Long story short there was an incident where some folks found fun in the way the folks at the factory appeared in photographs. Generally, in Russia the custom was not to smile when having your photograph taken. They were called on it and got upset and founded another site an a lot of folks switched as the rules regarding that type of behavior were looser there. Additionally this site had some downtime which also didn't help.
  2. Ha. Ha Ha Ha. Oh hell no. Thanks though!😆
  3. I believe she is referring to the days when the 35 amp Russian alternator was used on the Urals. A good design but poorly executed they failed a lot. I used to carry a spare in the trunk and had to use it on many occasions. There were a few good ones that folks never had trouble with, but if there was any issue in the bike's wiring they were gone quickly. On my 2000 Tourist I found that there was a break in the wiring harness from the factory, it had been trapped between the frame and gas tank. As you rode the connection would make and break and this would kill the alternator pretty quickly.
  4. Congratulations! The subconscious often helps me solve problems.
  5. Quite a mystery you have there. I assume you checked to see if the clutch screws were tight, but that should also affect all gears and not just 3rd. And no, I've not heard of any slippage in the driveshaft or final drive that only affects third.
  6. I have schematics for 1999 Urals which is probably closer to a 2002 as this was the last year Russian switchgear was used on the handlebars. The main issue with these schematics is they are broken down by function. However the board won't let me post even one as they are larger than 7.74 KB (which is nothing). If you want leave me your email address in the message area at the top of the screen and I will email them to you.
  7. Rings can take a while to seat properly, the pressure and temperature of combustion pushes them into position and they wear a bit to match the cylinder. I'd say run it for a while and see what happens. If it doesn't come up over time then you have a problem.
  8. Add some oil through the spark plug hole and read the compression again. If it goes up the rings aren't sealing. If it stays the same then lap the valves.
  9. Are you sure it's the head gasket and not leaking through a valve?
  10. I think this is a new record for slow response times...
  11. Good luck! The clutch is always fun!
  12. If you go from a standing start and accelerate each gear loads the clutch more due to the higher gear ratio at wide open throttle, when mine slipped 3rd was the one I noticed but 4th would slip if pushed but was harder to make slip due to the engine being out of it's power band. Once top speed was reached I could detect some slippage in 4th uphills etc. but for some reason not as much as 3rd. Your mileage may vary!
  13. If it's staying in gear and slipping, and the clutch cable is adjusted properly (with a bit of slack when released) then it's got to be the clutch. Splines in the driveshaft or the rear wheel where it engages make a very distinctive noise when slipping due to wear and it doesn't get better on it's own, so sadly it's time for the tranny to be opened up.
  14. Russ is correct about my assumption - I read slippage as staying in gear but slipping. If it's popping out of gear it could be adjustment will fix it, unless internal wear has made the gear assembly too loose to stay in place.
  15. I can't think of anything in the transmission that would cause slip in only one gear unless some of the teeth are gone. And I also can't think of any transmission adjustment that would cure this. Perhaps someone else can think of something.
  16. It's a massive challenge for them, that's for sure.
  17. Sounds like the clutch. Sometimes particles of the friction material can build up between the plates preventing a good mating between them and it will slip under load. Sometimes this resolves itself, otherwise it requires removing the clutch plates. It can also indicate a clutch that is worn and just needs replacing. I will say that if I tear it down all the way new plates are going in anyways because although it's not too hard to access it can be a bear to reassemble and you WILL need a clutch alignment tool. Good luck.
  18. I don't have a definitive answer but I know that they used to fit the older bikes without a starter, and there were some folks who didn't want a starter on bikes that came with them and had mounted a kick start only gearbox to a later bike. I don't think the bolt pattern changed but don't have any to examine. I'm also not sure about the driveshaft length. I hope someone can help you.
  19. Computers don't understand English. You key in www.russianiron.com but that means nothing to the computer, so it asks a Domain Name Server (DNS) if it has a network address for this string of characters. It may not know the specific address but the DNS servers talk to each other and develop a history of ways to reach an address. In this case something went wrong with the DNS server that Russian Iron was connected to and it didn't finish the connection.
  20. It would depend on whether you plan on reusing the holes - the smaller ones around the switch either need to be used or filled in to prevent water issues. And whatever switch you use should have a cover to keep water out. You will have to figure out the wiring for it since the switch will be different. You can make almost any switch work, even a universal one, but the cover you may have to improvise. Here are 2 Dnepr switches that appear to be the same except for price: https://www.ebay.com/itm/323380769111?hash=item4b4afef157:g:rFgAAOSwAllbZRSq https://www.ebay.com/itm/154173346472?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D236843%26meid%3D68ee64edec1f4f70b85f728794651384%26pid%3D101195%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D323380769111%26itm%3D154173346472%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv9PairwiseWebMskuAspectsV202110NoVariantSeed%26brand%3DDnepr&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851&amdata=cksum%3A15417334647268ee64edec1f4f70b85f728794651384|enc%3AAQAGAAACMJGNr21EASJOEkR0%2BGgrlWDPCIJ%2FTtOE2YzeK6SQo2Sl4MEfYDtgIy44TMpb%2BlQIuI4sA7WZ65Va5104nUwQxS9ETmbqwg4fVoghwu5tM6Ela8rVSmNyP10GxPKH2XFgApfEpfHyRO%2BOeqRx%2F8SskMbH%2Bcx%2F77E%2FWk9gZO9DG4A4Is4u0lAfPyS0SThHxQi%2FE4M0wREWnmrh0JaGEkda4bY2Qm0%2BBvC2KnEItM%2BZ95UzGGJJSFaF4QEy2nV09mcAi9AybD7WrbVRB1M%2BeXs%2BQ2PgT6yJ3pZGNCGkErcrIDTFYjaF5inn0XSkGMyzJUY8dU%2BPilqMwuwH5TbcyTJ94pKhwnY1bX%2FB5mgx5Q5uUdkokyXpWiWq%2BXaZKSnI9fO1x3tm9xIXjQEMJsM%2BdCPv64M9Iop5TEXauaKipBOwXow5w7nAOiW2bZyiEKWigMuFFwRxjiZDiVIwhS0oWJkvzztS%2B8eyoLakixAuH05ELhaUmr04K1Xq0j%2FZQw%2FMsLQlAeKhbKoC%2BPLRSgX1vbO2zcIv72oskXolLKFDf2vi%2FKu5pNRGZAnSHxCeuTdaEbvqdwmpi%2Bmnbfd5H8AHENdNVbZvX%2FGJIONGKFDkSIKh3ctYxMkUrOlhGse8cgg%2BOj%2Fxm31C5Gd7ssdcuaS3%2BDsXnjHWeWMG3muyAJ9cvsnuGkHSlgyy55oR4oZwz3DpuiVMrzJrRqUUDM%2BFl%2Frr0KscufcQQIwBGQrIqWAlXeOYwYqg|ampid%3APL_CLK|clp%3A2047675
  21. Here are a lot of LED panel lamps, I've used these on my bike and they look fine. Check to match the size you need. https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=12+volt+led+indicator+lights+waterproof&crid=2DA4M4EOU94O&sprefix=12+volt+led+ind%2Caps%2C103&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_3_15
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