remodeling a dnepr tub

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Jimm Dandy, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Jimm Dandy

    Jimm Dandy Been here awhile

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    from the little bit i have learned it seems the ural tub is more desirable because the trunk opens from the rear.. has anyone cut a trunk lid into their dnepr tub?? asking because i have located a tub and would like easier access.. thanks
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  2. iantochips

    iantochips Long timer

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    What he says! My Dnepr sidecar arrived last week- would like to do the same. Got some ideas but if someone's done it already......
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  3. Jimm Dandy

    Jimm Dandy Been here awhile

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    i just got a response over at sovietsteeds.com sayin its pretty easy to access a dnepr trunk from the seat area and also IT WONT LEAK.. come to think of it keepin it from leaking would be the hard part.. i guess i am gonna leave it alone and if i decide to later just get a ural hack.. unless i win the lottery, then it'll be a DMC or 1 of Claudes hacks
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  4. XL-erate

    XL-erate Been here awhile

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    If a guy modified the chair in the right way there shouldn't be a leakage problem. Doing it so there's a lip overhanging on any access door would be a start. Also in this day and age there's some really high tech and high quality closed cell insulations and weatherstrip available. Some of the specialty companies offer an amazing assortment of rubber and synthetic weatherseal material too. Doesn't seem that it would be an insurmountable problem or even very difficult to seal it up.
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  5. Skidpan

    Skidpan Adventurer

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    I've got an MT11 with a boot-lidded (by previous owner) tub. I'll take a couple of pix later. It's nothing scientific....
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  6. Skidpan

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    It's a simple enough job - couple of hinges, some plate extensions welded around the edges of the flap to create an overlap, another piece welded to the tub to act as a fixing point for a long bolt to screw into a welded-on nut. Hopefully some pix will appear here too, or a link to them on a blog called Boris the Dnepr blogspot[​IMG]

    or http://boristhednepr.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Skidpan

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    Righty-oh, then, those quick click link things are u/s, so search for Boris the dnepr blogspot and the pix are there. I'll try and fix the links (above) in the meantime.

    How you go about doing this conversion is going to depend on how over-the-top you want to be, really. You can keep it simple, like mine, or you can spend endless time and money deliberating over exactly which products will seal it best, give the best hinge action, look prettiest, impress others with your engineering prowess, or whatever. If I'd done this conversion, it wouldn't have had any welding in it at all, just nuts and bolts would do the job.

    Link (above) fixed
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  8. Jimm Dandy

    Jimm Dandy Been here awhile

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    thanks Mr. Pan.. you have definetly given me some ideas.. bottom line question lingering in my mind is if its worth the hassle or not.. i am sitting here watching it snow, fanticising about the sidecar i have yet to see.. i am going to las vegas in 2 weeks for 3 vintage mc. auctions.. i puchased the hack from a guy in arizona and he is delivering it to me in vegas.. since this is all new to me i am wondering if i should redo the trunk access or not.. my primary riding will be gravel roads with camping gear. dont know how important rear access to trunk will be.. but definetly wanna do it b4 i paint hack to match bike.. maybe i will try it and see b4 painting.... hmmmmmmmm
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  9. Skidpan

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    I have both openings, and almost always use the boot rather than open the seat back, so whilst moving the seat back is easier, the access to items in the boot is easier from above. Choice is yours tho' pal, it's your bike, do what you want to it and enjoy the journey.
    Best of luck whatever path you take.
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