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Ural Ranger Model 2014 fuel sensor and indication lamp

Posted on 17. July 2016 in Motorcycles

Hi folks,
my favorite motorcycle has a little issue. A fuel sensor is available in the newer models. It is directly connected to the fuel indication lamp. If no fuel is present, the lamp is lit. Problem is, after turning the ignition, it does not flash up, so you dont have an indication if the fuelsensor or lamp is working. If you drive longer routes and you rely on this feature, you may find yourself in a situation without gas.

I developed an easy solution with just a few parts.

stecker

The original connectors used are from the company MOLEX
Mizu-P25™ 2.50mm Pitch Waterproof Wire-to-Wire Plug Housing, 3 Circuits

MALE
52116-0341
MALE_CRIMP
50038

FEMALE
052117-0341
FEMALE_CRIMP
50039

All products are available from the electronic supplier tme.eu (which kindly also ships to private households)
male crimp
male connector

female crimp
female connector

Next step is to get a working hardware, for this application i wanted to have some features:
* Using original waterproof connectors and housing, no soldering should be done for easy swapping and replacing any parts
* Sensor voltage protection, no more then 12V to the sensor
* Sensor output driver does not drive any load (13kOhms)
* Lamp short circuit protection, current is limited to 100mA
* After Ignition do a lamp test for ~500ms, then 500ms shutdown, then use the sensor value

schaltplan

The controller used is a Atmel ATiny13V, which works at 2MHz @5V. The code is written in plain c.

int main(void)
{
	// PB0 = GND
	// PB1 = sensor reading
	// PB4 = lamp output
	DDRB=0x10;
	PORTB=0x00;
	_delay_ms(500);
	PORTB=0x10;
	_delay_ms(1000);
	PORTB=0x00;
	_delay_ms(500);	
	PORTB=0x00;
	while (1)
	{
		if (PINB & 0x02)
		{
			PORTB = 0x10;
		}else{
			PORTB = 0x00;
		}		
	}
}

there is a testvideo available on youtube, folowwing this link

A possible improvement would be to debounce the digital inputs and adding a low pass filter, which will remove unwanted blinks if the sensor is only half wet.

Ural Ranger steering damper repair

Posted on 14. March 2016 in Motorcycles

Hi all,
recently the steering damper of my sidecar went dry, so it did not work correctly. Dismounting the damper was quite easy, but problematic was opening the end screw of the damper, to refill the oil. Because the damper screws are made of aluminuim, the risk of damaging the screw is very high.
The only way around is to build a proper tool for opening the device.

ld1
end screw with little notches

ld4
first mockup of the tool in CAD

ld3
after a little mechanical work

ld2
testing the tool

the cad is available for download here

The tools material is also aluminium, because i dont want the tool to be a harder metal then the screw.
So far this little hack works great, no more problems opening the damper, a 100% fixed grip and no risk of damaging the damper.