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Old 12-07-2008, 06:14 AM   #16
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Here's an older write up on Ural brake tuning;

http://www.russianiron.com/forums/in...e=post&id=7468
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Old 12-07-2008, 02:29 PM   #17
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Thanks for the link. A turnbuckle for the front brake is on the way. I'll use the hints in that thread to set it up.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:12 PM   #18
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Poor braking is common. I can tell you you can get them dialed in a bit better, but it takes time. The liners never seem to wear out. Some people recommend the softer liner, but that is not the entire picture.
My IZh has same type brakes with exact same liner, braking is not an issue in the least. The IZh stops quickly with a fraction of the force needed to stop my Dnepr at similar speeds.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:21 PM   #19
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I rode it today from Casa Grande Az, north 40 miles to Chandler. My dog was in the copilot position and seemed to really enjoy it. Bike ran fine, and seemed real happy right around 55-60 mph indicated. You guys were right about the questions and stares, everyone seems real interested in the bike, and the dog too.....Next week I am going to start on the repairs/adjustments.....

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Old 12-07-2008, 06:44 PM   #20
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Interesting seat on that Ural-I don't recognize it.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:12 PM   #21
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I should add that my Sportsman developed incurable braking problems from wearing out the braking surface in the hub. This manifested itself as several 'hard spots' that wore more slowly than the rest of the hub, leading to poor contact between shoe and hub and eventually causing a nasty pulsing combined with very bad braking when I had gone to replace the shoes.

The old shoes had somehow gotten worn along with the hubs and in spite of being actually broken in several parts provided better braking than the new shoes until I swapped out the wheel with a spare.

There used to be a guy from Germany on eBay that sold a nice replacement actuator linkage between the leading shoes for the front brake. This linkage allows for much easier adjustment of the shoes:



It was worth the roughly $40 or so it cost including delivery.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:54 AM   #22
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yes, that's what I just "won" on ebay. The vendor is called Russenteile, in Germany.
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