Ural engine work
Papa Joe

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Aug 29, 2012
I'm considering a Ural which is in great shape cosmetically but has been sitting for a while. Owner says it may need some mechanical work. Looking at worst case scenario, does anyone have a ball park idea of how much it would take to rebuild the engine. I'm guessing if it is carb problems it may not be too difficult to degunk them (and the tank). Really would appreciate some help in making this decision.

Racine, WI

#2 Aug 30, 2012
These are really, really simple engines - not much more complicated than a lawnmower. Fear not. The carburetors are probably Keihins (they may be Mikunis depending on model year) and parts are readily available at Japanese dealers.

I've done rebuilds. The engine is light enough that a reasonably strong person can pick it up out of the frame and put it on the bench. Remember to tag all the wires with where they plug in. Take pictures during disassembly so you know how everything goes back together.

The cam is gear-driven off the crank. The tome gears are keyed to the crank and cam respectively, and there are marks that show how they mate. Pretty goof-proof.

Parts are available at various dealers. What year is it?

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