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    swing arm slack on FS

    How much play or slack is normal if any on the swing arm pivot point of a FS bike?

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    odd question

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    Zero!

    I have a 5 year old Turner on the original bushings and a Foes Fly with 4 years on its second set of bearings and there is no slack; even when Foes said they needed to replace the bearings on the Fly there wasn't any slack.
    Stop riding and get new bearings; if it's not too late allready.

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    I have a low end mongoose bike, shame on you if you mock me or spit on me......... anyway I am mechaniclly inclined and can do this myself if I knew where to get the parts. I did searching online and its next to none of finding your own bike parts.

    Anyone know where I could look to get my own bearings or bushings for the swingarm?
    And I dont have a LBS any place close to where I live.

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    Which model, department store or bike shop low end? The lower end bikes might only use bushings. Enduro has bearing kits for a Teocali, and they sell individual suspension bearings. If you need bushings then the hunt could be more challenging.

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    First, have you identified exactly which of the pivots is shot? Second, is this a long-term fix? Bearings can be replaced if you can find a distributor (locally or on-line); bushings, as mentioned before, may pose more problems. I've actually used a thin strip of aluminum (cut very carefully from a soda can) as sort of a "shim" filling a tiny bit of play in a shock-mount eyelet - this was intended as a "temporary fix" but since the bike's a secondary ride now it still has the "shim" and it's proved to be a decent repair - it wouldn't be fair to say this is the route to take 'cause it hasn't been taking to extremes as a permanent repair. Again, ask yourself how long you expect to keep the bike.

    ...best of luck.

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    its gonna be perm repair, and im pretty sure its bushings I think I can see the lips of them on the side. Its the bottom end of the arm that connects to the chain stay. And its a mongoose status 300.00 bike. I would like to get a better bike but cant right now. Maybe for xmas or tax time :-)
    Thanks for all of your advice.

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