Possibly buying a 1995 Homegrown Full Suspension

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Possibly buying a 1995 Homegrown Full Suspension

So I always wanted a Homegrown full suspension but couldn’t afford it when they were new.  I stumbled across one at a garage sale.  It’s a 1995 model and it looks like there was just the one full suspension option in 95.  Anything to look out for?  I notice the rear triangle is different on the 95 vs the later models.  Any negative to that?  It’s a couple hundred miles away so I’d like to know as much as I can before commiting to the drive.

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In the words of Nike: Just Do It

You want to look for slop in the pivot, which is notoriously hard to fix. However, recently one of the friendly users here (runzoff) did some legwork to track down how to get new pivot hardware from the guy who made them:
http://bonustomato.com/forum/general-stuff/1675
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The rear shock might be cashed out. It might be challenging to find a replacement, but there’s also another thread here talking about possible subs:
http://bonustomato.com/forum/shop/1712

You might have some luck rebuilding the original shock, I’ve had success in the past pulling apart the Rock Shox variant. Never tried to service a Fox. 

Look for excessive chainsuck damage, and otherwise the frame being square. Look around the headtube—you don’t want one that’s been endo’d (too much). Cracks in paint and stuff is sure giveaway, but even look for more subtle signs of damage.

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Thanks a bunch Moby.  Sold while I was on my way there.  Guess I’ll post a frame and swing arm wanted.  I have a full set of XTR just waiting...

1996 Homegrown FS Blue/Black
1996 Homegrown FS Polished
1995 Homegrown FS Red/Black

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Oy ain’t that a pissah! I’ve had a few slip through my hands due to timing; always sucks.

Several years ago, I managed to track down a NOS unfinished and unassembled frameset: 

I wanted to get the frame ball burnished before assembling, and tracked down a shop in Southern California to take care of it for me. Got the frame to them, and like 10 years later I haven’t heard a damn thing back.
 

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Well at least I never actually had it, so that’s something.  ;-)  Posted a wanted ad and I’ve got my Ebay searches going, besides that anywhere else I should post/look?

1996 Homegrown FS Blue/Black
1996 Homegrown FS Polished
1995 Homegrown FS Red/Black

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Well aside from just scouting around here every now and then, the other thing I might suggest is Craigslist, but possibly from other cities. In the past I’ve had some luck finding one in SoCal and convincing the guy to ship it to me. I arranged it ahead of time with an area shop there I was familiar with, so all he had to do was roll it into the shop and they packed it up and shipped it up to me.

Oh wait I actually had a point to that story: His original listing was “local only/pickup only” but I sweetalked him into it, so if you see a listing it’s always worthwhile to enquire.

I think a lot of Schwinns ended up in places like Cal, and Colorado (since they were building them there) and Portland/PNW. I onced picked up a Homegrown frameset from a pawnshop in Portland for $75, because they probably thought it was a department store bike:

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Good for me, I’m actually just outside Portland.  Thanks for the input everyone.

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1996 Homegrown FS Polished
1995 Homegrown FS Red/Black

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Good luck in your search. Post pics when you find one.
 

Jeff
94 Underground aluminum cracked frame
2- 97 Underground composite
97- Homegrown Factory
99- Homegrown Pro
01- Homegrown Factory Limited

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Will do, thanks.

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1996 Homegrown FS Polished
1995 Homegrown FS Red/Black

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I have a 1995 Homegrown Full Suspension I might part with. I picked up earlier this year, but have since bought a 4-Banger All Mountain and tend to ride it rather than my other bikes.

Craig
1997 Moab 1 (cro-mo) • 1999 4-Banger All-Mountain • 2000 Hardtail

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PM sent!

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1996 Homegrown FS Polished
1995 Homegrown FS Red/Black

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What ended up happening to the 1995 Sweetspot at the yard sale?

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Sold to someone else while I was driving up. Beyond that I have no idea. 

1996 Homegrown FS Blue/Black
1996 Homegrown FS Polished
1995 Homegrown FS Red/Black