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Old 06-11-2011, 01:25 PM   #91
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New Shock!

Got talking with Jay the other day and found out that DMC is now buying their shocks (custom-made by Progressive Suspension to DMC spec's) with a heavier spring for the new "DX" sidecars.. The spring on my shock is a 140/200. The new spring is a 200/350. Now, these are not expensive shocks by anyone's measure, but a higher spring rate was appealing and the price was right. So I bought one yesterday.

While I was at it, I sourced some new bronze sleeve bushings for the shock mount bolts to make for less slop. Now the car sag is a bit higher so's I got to adjust the lean out . . . again. Headed to the Hells Canyon Rally next week where I hope to thrash the hell out of it and see what it, or I, am able to do in terms of dirt challenges. I'm feeling more competent every day which is prolly a dangerous thing!

I know we're not supposed to flog Flea Market stuff in the rest of the forum so I won't mention if I'm selling with my old shock that has about 5000-6000 miles on it to somebody working on a low-cost project.

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Old 06-12-2011, 01:21 AM   #92
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:20 AM   #93
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Jeez.....I thought your X was nice but this is.......Wow! Great job.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:28 AM   #94
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Hey, Mike-- Thanks! You're the first of my X buddies to come on over to this thread and have a look at the new rig. Sadly, this season the poor old X is gathering dust in the garage while I concentrate on improving my novice sidecarist skills. I promise to get the X out on the road soon!
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:23 PM   #95
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I came over because I want one

I've got the sidecar bug, but know nothing. I'd like one for riding in snow and taking the kids/dog/wife/tools etc. for a ride. There is a Ural dealer about 12 miles from me, but I'm concerned about reliability issues. Have you heard of anyone making a different bike/hack 2wd?

...and thanks again for your attention to detail and taking the time to post about it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:51 PM   #96
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I've got the sidecar bug, but know nothing. I'd like one for riding in snow and taking the kids/dog/wife/tools etc. for a ride. There is a Ural dealer about 12 miles from me, but I'm concerned about reliability issues. Have you heard of anyone making a different bike/hack 2wd?

...and thanks again for your attention to detail and taking the time to post about it.
Not a lot of options out there, but plenty of opinions. Try these threads--

June 2009

Dec 2007

Jan 2008

March 2010

May 2010

Oct 2009

I haven't tried my rig in snow, but with a car tire on the back and a set of snow chains (yes, I have a set, and I carry them on the rig) I think I could go most anywhere that a 2WD Ural could go carrying the same load. My chains take about 5 minutes to put on and 30 seconds to take off.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:03 PM   #97
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I haven't tried my rig in snow, but with a car tire on the back and a set of snow chains (yes, I have a set, and I carry them on the rig) I think I could go most anywhere that a 2WD Ural could go carrying the same load. My chains take about 5 minutes to put on and 30 seconds to take off.
can i please ask if you have a link to those particular snow chains?

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:16 PM   #98
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The shop guys replaced the weak spring with the heavier one when I got back from Alaska. It was a good improvement.

But, I can tell you that the stock shock is good for ~16k miles before they blow.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:07 PM   #99
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can i please ask if you have a link to those particular snow chains?

thank you
Gonna go dig some trenches in the sand there, Flatlander?

Here they are. Laclede Alpine Premier. I chose them because of how easy they are to get on and off once you practice with them in the garage a few times.
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Gonna go dig some trenches in the sand there, Flatlander?

Here they are. Laclede Alpine Premier. I chose them because of how easy they are to get on and off once you practice with them in the garage a few times.
LOL...
well, i just want to have a set in my sidecar trunk... they'll be a GREAT CONVERSATION PIECE that i DO PROMISE to use one day soon
thanks for the link
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well... i just watched the video to install the chain and i'm reminded of one big fact...
the last time i LIVED in "snow" country, i was 9 years old...
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:48 AM   #102
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Thanks Drone! I'll get reading so I don't clutter your thread up. Thanks for taking the time to put that together for me
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:16 PM   #103
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Nice rig! I'm doing research on building a new rig with a GSA as the tug (I have yet to buy the new GSA or sidecar).

Is the wheel on your sidecar the former rear wheel on the tug? The reason I'm asking is like my Ural I would like to have a spare that I can use on the tug & the sidecar. I will be going with with a car tire on my tug and I like the looks of the centerline wheel, so the question is; if I bought 3 centerlines would they be interchangeable?
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #104
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On my rig the pusher, SC wheel, & spare are interchangeable.

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:28 PM   #105
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On my rig the pusher, SC wheel, & spare are interchangeable.

Nice!!!! That's exactly what I wanted/needed to know! Thank you sir!
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