1997+ FS Sweet Spot Bushing Kit?

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1997+ FS Sweet Spot Bushing Kit?

Hello all.  I am looking for a bushing kit for a 1997+ FS frame.  That is the larger hollow pivot design.  There used to be examples on eBay years ago, but I failed to stockpile one.  I recently purchased a Sweet Spot frame and built it up, but the clunk is rather annoying.  I don't really notice it while riding too much, but moving it around the garage with my hand lifting the back of the seat makes it very noticeable.  I have not disassembled it yet, so I don't know for sure what pieces are actually bad, so I'm looking for everything (assuming that is 3 pieces?).  

I had these Sweet Spot frames in the 90's and always had issues with the chain coming off the front chainrings and poor shifting so I had a poor opinion of them.  Today, with a 1x10 setup, this thing doesn't have those issues!!  I forgot how comfortable the ride was and am really happy I got another example.  I need to take the baby off-road and check it out in the woods.

Thanks for any help,

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I purchased the silver 15" complete bike on eBay in hopes that the bushings are in good condition.  If so, I'll use those bushings and then have a spare rear triangle that I can have disc tabs welded to.  That eBay bike also had the Super Deluxe shock which I also wanted since mine had the lesser Deluxe version.  I might be offering up a 15" front triangle in the near future.

1996 HG Factory HT 17"  Black w/Red Darts / 1996 HG Factory HT 19" Bass Boat Blue / 1997 HG Factory SS 17" Bass Boat Blue/Polished / 1998 HG HT 17" / 1999 Rocket 88 17" / 2000 4 Banger 15"

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I'm sure the designer of that frame John Castellano, can help you out. http://www.castellanodesigns.com/

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

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Thanks for the link to CastellanoDesigns.com. John Castellano himself already emailed me back with tons of information.  I need to disassemble my bike and troubleshoot per his description.  I'm happy to find out these frames are not forgotten and can be made new again.  John even offers to perform the work, which could include machining, at his California facility.  WooHoo

1996 HG Factory HT 17"  Black w/Red Darts / 1996 HG Factory HT 19" Bass Boat Blue / 1997 HG Factory SS 17" Bass Boat Blue/Polished / 1998 HG HT 17" / 1999 Rocket 88 17" / 2000 4 Banger 15"

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I have a BBB 1997 Sweet Spot running an XT 1 X 10. I love it.

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

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 http://www.castellanodesigns.com/  is where we need to go if you need any parts for these sweet spot frames.  John himself will email you and offer up advice and options.  Bike is now ready to roll!!

1996 HG Factory HT 17"  Black w/Red Darts / 1996 HG Factory HT 19" Bass Boat Blue / 1997 HG Factory SS 17" Bass Boat Blue/Polished / 1998 HG HT 17" / 1999 Rocket 88 17" / 2000 4 Banger 15"

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Post a few photos.Would love to see the bike.

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

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1996 HG Factory HT 17"  Black w/Red Darts / 1996 HG Factory HT 19" Bass Boat Blue / 1997 HG Factory SS 17" Bass Boat Blue/Polished / 1998 HG HT 17" / 1999 Rocket 88 17" / 2000 4 Banger 15"

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Very cool pair. I've got the same pair in 19" version.

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited