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    hi folks I bought a enfiled explorer couple of years back then thought about restorinng it to the Glory! I have a great love towards 2 strokes and german engineering .... so started to hunt for a german bike which is more easily restorable than a enfield Fury as those where sold in very less numbers in the late 80's .....I have informed many friends and Mechanics whom I know and would get me a decent priced bike with clean papers..... to my great disbelief my mechanic called me and told there is a single owned enfield available for sale with clear titles and I was rushing to the spot to get a glimpse of this machine which i have never sat on in my life thou I have seen many college guys used to speed passing me when i used to go to school in Rickshaw (3 wheeled Motor operated school auto) The bike was in a pretty bad state as i expected and without asking anything about the bike and other details I asked how much and I paid and happily that owner left Then I started and knew that the bike starts in a kick and then the accelerator wont work as the cable is gone..........then I asked the mechanic where will i get the cable there used to be shop who have spared for all these 80's bike in Chennai Pudupet I started towing my bike with my frds help took it to a near by workshop and headed to the shop recommended by the mechanic and to by disbelief his face changed and reaction was weird " what bike " "explorere" is it bajaj company bike ...... I was clean bowled. I told him this is Enfield (Zundapp) Explorer 50 cc bike then he said we have TVS champ accelerator cable. I bought that and asked him cani speak to your manager ? he said please wait. Then his manager was in his 50's so i was happy that this guy should have heard of this bike he told ya we used to sell spares for this bike few years ago and now a days there is no customer requesting for these parts so we dont have stock. then i asked if he would get some stock based on order he said no its very difficult to get 1 or 2 numbers so he said this will fit your bike so dont worry. then that day i have fitted and brought to home and then later after some 1 week of driving the bike in the city I took to my mechanic and gave him the bike and asked him to start fulll restoration

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    Default Re: Restoring a Enfield Explorer.......help required!!!

    Approved!

    Lovely.

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    Default Re: Restoring a Enfield Explorer.......help required!!!

    Pics please
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    Super - Nostalgia My father owned the royal enfield Explorer. The first bike - my love affair started with this bike. Waiting eagerly for some pictures and the full restoration of the Explorer.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by accuengineer View Post
    Super - Nostalgia My father owned the royal enfield Explorer. The first bike - my love affair started with this bike. Waiting eagerly for some pictures and the full restoration of the Explorer.

    Cheers,

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    Firstly would like to thank Sharan for approving this topic and sure folks I would post the actual condition of the bike when I purchased.

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    @ accuengineer Thanks and great that your dad had a great passion for Explorer .... Truly it's an amazing bike

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    Pics please
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    The first owner has just kept it in stock condition except for the paint he has used some low quality paint in the rims and headlamp brackets.Name:  image.jpg
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    the previous owner has made some Indian way of doing it he has covered the rpm meter area with a complan/lactogen tin and that too was done with mseal
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    Oh Wow 😲 bro. The bike looks in really bad shape. And really? The previous owner used a lid off a complan tin for covering the tacho?
    Where'll you source parts from bro?
    I'm gonna follow this thread it seems really interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminemjohn View Post
    Firstly would like to thank Sharan for approving this topic and sure folks I would post the actual condition of the bike when I purchased.

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    @ accuengineer Thanks and great that your dad had a great passion for Explorer .... Truly it's an amazing bike

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    The first owner has just kept it in stock condition except for the paint he has used some low quality paint in the rims and headlamp brackets.

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    the previous owner has made some Indian way of doing it he has covered the rpm meter area with a complan/lactogen tin and that too was done with mseal
    you could have washed the thing before taking the pics, try and get a fairing if i remember correctly some of these came with bikini fairings as well as in a step through version

    PS: dont dismantle the engine unless you have the necessary parts for the rebuild
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    Default Re: Restoring a Enfield Explorer.......help required!!!

    Congrats on the purchase buddy. Will subscribe to this thread.
    A rare species getting it's life back. Explorer and Silver Plus set a benchmark in Indian 2 wheeler market with Alloy wheels.
    Unfortunately, I never had a chance to ride this bike. Once you complete your restoration, will ask for a spin.

    All the very best for the restoration (and the pain in sourcing parts, which we don't mind)
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    Hi Balji thanks for your post ya that dum guy has used the complan tin that too well plastered with "Mseal" ya now comig and thibking of parts I have checke with my Mech he said some parts you will get in Kailamkadai( thats the scrap yard) Pudupet and also found from net and lot of searching a coimbatore based trader for Explorer parts but mostly duplicicate but he says all are good quality and the cost is all very steep

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminemjohn View Post
    Hi Balji thanks for your post ya that dum guy has used the complan tin that too well plastered with "Mseal" ya now comig and thibking of parts I have checke with my Mech he said some parts you will get in Kailamkadai( thats the scrap yard) Pudupet and also found from net and lot of searching a coimbatore based trader for Explorer parts but mostly duplicicate but he says all are good quality and the cost is all very steep

    For rare bikes the parts cost is always steep bro. I am going broke trying to restore my RX100 of all things. Can you believe that. But hang in there. I suggest you look in the junk yard for a complete donor bike as most of the time the duplicate parts despite the quality turn out to either be faulty or not fit right. Waiting for you to start the resto. Cheers

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