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Posted by michael_sullivan at November 07. 2018

There has been a number of recent conversations about Indian made replacement tanks, some showing good results and some showing not so good.

I was down at a shop last week looking at a new Royal Enfield.  I noticed that the tank on the unit I was looking at seemed to be quite well made.

That started me thinking (always something to be cautious about) that their tanks seemed to be well made and I do not recall any messages anywhere about bad tanks on the new models.

So, the question is:  are their tanks made in house or are they contracted out???

If they are contracted out, does anyone know where they are made and/or who makes them?

Perhaps this could be a source for new Norton Tanks.

Hmmm... thinking of that, where are the tanks for the new Nortons being made?

Mike

Re: Tank replacement???

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at November 07. 2018

hello Norton Wideline and slimline Indian made tanks are Not made to the original patents  there for bad fitting  and slimline are bad fitting and do not have bolt mounts underside of the tank but the metal is a good thickness its a shame they try to get the tank in the right proportions and to fit the frame in the correct way , yours anna j

Re: Tank replacement???

Posted by Kevin Feltoe at November 08. 2018

Hi Mike.

I'm pretty sure that the tanks for the new Nortons are made in house, or they were the last time I visited.

As for the Indian tanks, it seems that you can pick up a good Roadster tank, but Interstates can be something of a disaster. Mine was appalling, (dents, leaks and badly fitting cap) and was eventually sent back. I lost the postage costs when the supplier refused to accept it after telling me to return it. I had to tell the Customs dept in India to junk it, otherwise they were going to send it back and charge me the postage. PayPal refunded me the cost of the tank, but be very aware that just as some people have a 'delightful' experience, it can all go horribly wrong.

I doubt very much if R.E have their tanks made by the same bunch that made my Interstate, but you never know.

It isn't just the tank itself, it can be the whole experience.

Kev

Re: Tank replacement???

Posted by John Shorter at November 08. 2018

India is quite a large country, and, obviously there are many companies who are cashing in, on the demand for "Classic" bike parts.  To a lesser extent, the same is happening in the U.K.    There are just as many "Rubbish" parts on sale, from U.K. suppliers, as there are from India.

My Wideline tank is an almost perfect copy, of the original.  O.K., the front mounting rubbers required slight re-positioning, as the tank just touched the frame, at the front.  There is no U.K. supplier of a similarly quality tank, at a reasonably affordable price.   A pity they do not make pattern exhaust systems too.  The "Peardrop" silencers, available now, sound nothing like the originals. 

Re: Tank replacement???

Posted by Richard Tool at November 08. 2018

It is my understanding that the India production Royal Enfield is a continuation of the plant established long ago by Royal Enfield proper - whereas the UK production ceased the India operation soldiered on to this day . They are therefore not a reproduction but the real thing. I would assume as such that the tanks are stampings and perhaps even from original dies .

Regarding the various repro tanks made in India - Norton and otherwise - it has been my understanding that many are literally beaten out by hand . If indeed this is so , it would certainly explain the wide variation in quality- fit , finish , shape etc.  Perhaps  the tanks that some have had good experiences with are from a serious maker with a considerable investment-actually die stamped and therefore  more care was taken to insure accuracy and uniformity.

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Posted by John Shorter at November 09. 2018

Richard,  My tank was supplied by Royal Enfield King.  Whether their tanks are made "In House", or contracted out, is not relevant.  The quality is superb. 

Re: Tank replacement???

Posted by Richard Tool at November 09. 2018

Previously John Shorter wrote:

Richard,  My tank was supplied by Royal Enfield King.  Whether their tanks are made "In House", or contracted out, is not relevant.  The quality is superb.

 

Thanks John - That is good to know as I have a Dommie project in the future and may need a tank .

I can see where some confusion may enter here between Royal Enfield ( as mentioned by OP in opening post ) and Royal Enfield King ( tank maker/supplier)

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