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#16 JohnBG

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:33 PM

Take the shock and clean off all the oil and dirt with some brake cleaner.  I do it over the drain pan so as not to make a mess.  You wanna do this before you remove the shock so not to get sand, dirt and other crud in the shock while rebuilding it.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:35 PM

Nice clean shock...  Sorry Cob! I hope I get a cleaning exemption for this...

Take the shock setting adjustment ratchet ring off and set it over to the side.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:39 PM

Here's where a bench vise helps.  I put a rag between the jaws of the vise and put the bottom flanges in the vise and gently tightened the vise.  Nott to hear to be bending or damaging anything.  Just a little snug to hold it in place while working on it.  The rag helps not to scratch or damage the shock and absorb the oil you're gonna spill!  ;)

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:40 PM

Close up of the shock in the bench vise.  Remember don't tighten it hard at all, just snug...

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:42 PM

Use this end of the Ural shock tool to loosen the nut on the shock (with four holes).  The pins on the wrench go in the holes in the nut.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:43 PM

Loosen it all the way...

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:45 PM

Then you can remove the shock rod and piston assembly all in one piece.  Just pull it straight up.  The inner cylinder and oil will stay in the shock housing.

Remove the shock housing and take it to the drain pan and dump the oil and remove the cylinder.  Clean it all out real good with brake cleaner.

Don't dissasemble the rod and piston yet.  Spray that down real good with some brake cleaner.  

Don't be alarmed if ya find metal flakes or rusty crud in there.  If you've never services your shocks before, don't be surprised if there's an almost flouresent green oil in there.  I think the Russian use some leftover toxic waste form Chernobyl for shock oil!  :o  :surprise:

Just make sure ya got everything good and clean.  A clean (on the inside) shock is a happy shock...

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:51 PM

Here's all the pieces/parts of the shock (before disassembling anythin on the pistons and rod).

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:55 PM

Closer view of the parts to the piston on the rod with all of the seals and shafts.  The seal that needs replacing is the beveled (on both sides) rubber seal in the middle.  I prolly shoulda got the big round sqare edged top seals (on the right side) from Gene, but Bill Glaser assures me that the beveled seal is the one that causes leaks and crappy suspension.  Your seal mught vary a bit, but the beveled on both sides one is the most prevalent.  You can get these seals from Holopaw Gene or your local Ural dealer for about a buck a piece.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:57 PM

An even closer view.  This seal has a cone shaped washer on top of it.  I assume that has to go bach in there.  (Bill - this was the silly question I had when I left a message on your answering machine).

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:01 PM

Put the eyelet end of the shock in the bench vise and put the rag in there (remember, snug - not tight) and use a 17mm wrench to loosen the top nut on the shock rod.  It's gotta spring under it (not a whole lot of tension) so be careful when removing the top nut not to have the nut os spring go shooting offa there.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:03 PM

Now carefully remove each piece from the shock rod and place them on the bench without turning them over and line them up one piece at a time, so that you can put them back on there in reverse order and in the proper orientation.  In this pictre the part on the right is the first parts off and go in order.  Stopped removing parts once I got to the double beveled seal (all the way on the left).

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:07 PM

It looks like that cone shaped metal washer just sits on top of the rubber seal.  They came apart easy.  (Hope this is correct Bill).

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:08 PM

New seal on the left, old seal on the right

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:10 PM

Put everything back on the shaft in the reverse order that you removed it (in the proper orientation) and use that 17mm wrench to tighten that top nut.  Once you pull it from the vise, it should look like this:

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