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THANK YOU BUT I STAND BY MY STATEMENT AND I WOULD NOT ACCEPT A TANK THAT HAS BEEN SEALED BEFORE I HAVE IT IN MY HANDS AND I CAN PRESSURE TEST IT. I DO NOT TRUST SEALANTS AS A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO FIX A LEAKY TANK. HOW DO WE KNOW HOW LONG THEY WILL STAND UP TO ETHANOL. I WOULD ALSO NOT ACCEPT A TANK THAT REQUIRES ME TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO CORRECT FLAWS IN THE WAY IT FITS AS SO MANY HERE STILL COMMENT ON. AS LONG AS WE CONTINUE TO ACCEPT TANKS WHERE EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT THEY WILL NEVER MAKE THEM CORRECTLY. WHY SHOULD THEY?


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I have ordered two indian tanks from Royal Choppers and the quality of both is decent. One was a steel 5 gallon spitfire tank. painted and the other was a uk style 4 gallon chromed and painted tank. The filler caps on both are poor quality but no biggy as the good british ones fit right on. The paint job itself is decent on both but the paint is not quite as good as the original. Both tanks are a tiny bit heavier than the originals as the steel is marginally thicker. Niether had any rust or blemishes as received. Delivery took quite a while but well worth it for the price. I have no experience with any of the other suppliers so can't comment on them.

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I also have bought two painted tanks off eBay from Royal Chopper, and both are of fine useable everyday rider quality. The BSA tank I bought to give me an everyday rider replacement for the fiberglass tank. I simply didn’t want to mess with the original fiberglass and sealing for everyday use and so I removed that tank and set it aside.

If you are perfectionist it or want show quality, then you’ll want something other than an Indian tank. I went into this with eyes open and got a serviceable and useable product both times for everyday riding. Both tanks serve the bill for me. Maybe I’m just lucky, but Royal Chopper was the vendor for both. YRMV.

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What is the quality of the chrome plate like on these Indian tanks ? The price to have an original tank rechromed is eye watering. It would be far cheaper to buy an Indian tank and use that then have my tank rechromed.

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Sorry, been out of pocket. I got my B44 tank on ebay from https://www.ebay.com/usr/vintage_classic_parts44 Hope the link works. I think there is only one manufacturer but several vendors. Here is the pic again. The cap unit screws down onto the tank. Looks original, and there are no decent originals I could find. Comes without the Victor sticker. Got that from Peter Quick. Took 2 months to receive the tank. Did not need a liner.

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wasnt there a plumley . . . or a pummy . . . or similar who sold decent tanks out of india?


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Originally Posted by kommando
Spitfire Ken, you bought those tanks a long time ago, the Indians have got better but more importantly the reliable suppliers have now been identified. Time moves on and the Indian tanks are now worth a punt as long as you stick to the recommended sellers such as pummy8081, Royal Choppers and a couple more.

There you go kevin........that's who I went through. Good communication and always told me the truth even if I didn't want to hear it.

Tank was not lined and it's done a couple 1000 miles mounted on my C25....which we all know does not vibrate. On one of my runs I was trying my best to keep up with the bigger bikes. 65-70 for miles. Ruptured the fiberglass stock oil tank at the fixing stud ( boy did that make a mess) but the made in India gas tank is still leak free.

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Once again guys, thank you for all the response.

It has certainly given me food for thought.

I am certainly not concerned with things like my bike being judged in a concours event and 100% originality.

My only concern is that parts are fit for purpose, look good and last.

I have made far too many modifications to my bike for it ever to be considered original, but as far as I am concerned those modifications have made the bike better and more reliable. A little ironic when you consider that I hardly ride it at all these days. That will all change soon when I retire and I am looking forward to getting out and about on it more and hopefully meeting up with more BSA riders and enthusiasts.

Happy and safe riding to you all.

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My old crate with the $350 delivered Indian tank.


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Originally Posted by NickL
My old crate with the $350 delivered Indian tank.


https://imgur.com/a/6QvaRkw
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Thanks awfully old chap.

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