Giving a Dnepr the ADV treatment

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by strathbran steve, May 17, 2008.

  1. strathbran steve

    strathbran steve Been here awhile

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    Ive had my Dnepr for about 4 years now, it has been used and abused, left out all year round, and generally thrashed on and off road usually with a load or a passenger or 2 on board.

    Now I was sitting in a field having my morning brew this morning, while my daughter fed the horses, and I got to thinking that the hack could do with a bit of a makeover. It spends a lot of time off road, mainly on forest track and on grass, when in shit picking mode
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    so I'm thinking of investing in a set of MX tyres - any suggestions?

    Also thiking of removing the heavy mudguard/fenders and legshields and replacing with lightweight plastic or ally kit. I have an old, big ally fuel tank which will fit on without too much modification.

    Anybody been down this road already? any pics?

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  2. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    Some uralists are using the Kenda 335. 6 ply and a sidewall raing for a hack.
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  3. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    I have tried various brands. The Heidenau K37 is a keeper; amazingly smooth on tarmac and great in the dirt, gravel etc. Bit pricey though.
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  4. Yankee Dog

    Yankee Dog Long timer

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  5. Scott Davis

    Scott Davis Which way did they go?

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    I have run the Kenda Trackmaster II Tires and they worked real well offroad. They wear very quickly onroad, but they look really Mean!!
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  6. Scott Davis

    Scott Davis Which way did they go?

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    Ohhh these are real cheap also! I think around $30-$40 each.

    :)
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  7. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    ...and if you don't mind, what'd it run ya? I did a websearch on the Heidenau k37 and got some german sites said it was a 4.00x19" tire?
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  8. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    I have ran the following on my Dnepr:
    И-40 (3.75x19): The tires commonly found on Dneprs - good all around tire, approx 5k life limit as a pusher.
    Uralshina (4.00x19): The tires found on modern Urals - good tarmac, but not great in dirt/mud, approx 5k life limit as a pusher.
    Mitas BC-243 (3.75x19): Czech tire, nice 50/50 pattern wears very quickly.
    Kenda K-760; 80/20 tire. Had to shave off knobs on driveshaft side for clearance. Great off-road, marginal on tarmac.
    Heidenau K37: Great on and off road. Wear life as pusher TBD. I will run these on all 4 wheels eventually.
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  9. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    I'm surprised no one mentioned the Ural knobbies.

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    They're not the longest-lasting on tarmac, but have excellent bite in snow and mud. They also look mean!

    Of course, I haven't compared them to any other knobby, so they may actually suck :huh
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  10. strathbran steve

    strathbran steve Been here awhile

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    just ordered one, so I'll soon find out what they are like :D
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  11. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    I have found that the Ural Russian full knobby tire is VERY good in deep snow, mud and gravel, however I can burn one up in less then 500 miles if any high speed ( 60 mph ) pavement running is involved. The other bad thing about them is they can sometimes grip too well, this causes you to have to slip the clutch which is not a nice thing to do to a stock Ural clutch disk.

    I prefer the German Enduro tire "Heidenau K37", it costs some bucks but it will work as good or better in 90% of the situations you will encounter on and off road and last up to four times as long doing it.
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  12. tedzap

    tedzap Adventurer

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    Howdy,

    Where are you getting the Heidenau tires and what do they cost?
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