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45Brit

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Post Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:02 pm

Repro WR tanks

I'm just looking about at repro WR tanks, the narrow fuel and oil ones.

Anyone suggest a source for these in UK ? I see a couple of German and Dutch suppliers offering them around the £600 mark and for that I'm tempted to axe an ok'd fat bob instead....
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RUBONE

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Post Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:15 pm

Re: Repro WR tanks

You seem to have answered your own question. Why would anyone in their right mind make a reproduction of a limited production part and sell it cheaply? They would never recover their pattern costs. So it is pay up or shut up for the most part...
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Pa

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Post Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:20 pm

Re: Repro WR tanks

Francis Villledon makes nice tanks for them. Look up Milwaukee Belle in France.
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45Brit

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:21 am

Re: Repro WR tanks

I don't believe Milwaukee Belle are in the manufacturing business any more, unless anyone knows any different?
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Pa

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:06 am

Re: Repro WR tanks

His username is Fran-6 on here. Hopefully he will chime in. I do know all of his products are hand made. I believe a company named W&W Cycle, if I remember the company name correctly, offered Francis's products in their catalog.
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Gray

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:34 am

Re: Repro WR tanks

Pa wrote:His username is Fran-6 on here. Hopefully he will chime in. I do know all of his products are hand made. I believe a company named W&W Cycle, if I remember the company name correctly, offered Francis's products in their catalog.

As 45Brit is in the UK, you could try Grizzys in Folkstone. They are W&W dealers.
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45Brit

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:41 am

Re: Repro WR tanks

well, I found the W&W website http://www.wwag.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ ... age=!27065 and I have to say, they are not cheap but there's some very nice looking stuff on there.

Press on....
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Tim 435

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:27 pm

Re: Repro WR tanks

I have an e-bay set I purchased several years ago that were advertised as being from Europe, the metal is a little rippley on the top side and I've heard from other racers that the mounting tabs are weak and sometimes break. Might be ok for a street bike as race bikes are tortured, other than that they look good, I plan on re-enforcing the tabs before using, my 2 $ , Tim
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45Brit

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:44 pm

Re: Repro WR tanks

The fabricator I usually use tells me that it would be fairly straightforward to produce a set from an old pair if fat bobs, or a quick bob type tank, which he has several of. He reckons the extra welding time is more than offset by not having to match the two cuts in the top, and not having to match the various indentations underneath to the new bottom.

Since I don't need the hand shift gate fir the bike I have in mind that sounds like the way forward.


Loved the repro Flanders bars on the W&W site, by the way
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antiquespeed&machine

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Post Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:49 pm

Re: Repro WR tanks

I used a set on my magnum bike, but I cut off the rigid mounts and re-attached rubber mount tabs, like the later WR tanks. I have another set to use on my flat track bike, and I will do the same thing again. As far as the cost, they are nice quality, and they save a lot of time, so to me its worth it in the long run.

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