Well here goes....
I snapped a 2008 asta at the main triangle break point where the tip of my seatpost contacted the seat tube. While I was not happy about this flaw with the stock seatpost Ibex (James) was nice enough to warranty the frame even though it was a mere 2 months before they folded. The only problem is that the width of the 2009 rear shock bracket mounting points is a bit wider than on the 2008 frame.
I believe the width difference is due to the upgrade of the rear shock from a rockshox ario 2.2 to a rockshox monarch 2.2. While I WAS able to measure the difference (24.0mm vs. 25.5 top and 34.0mm vs 36.0mm bottom) in width of the Rockshox mounting hardware and order the correct kits I WAS NOT able to get the mounting bolts in the new width to fit. I'm aware that the bolts are M8 and obviously are sleeved bolts however I can only guesstimate the width difference based on the width difference of the mounting hardware kits (1.5mm and 2.0mm respectively).
If anyone can help me get the correct size sleeved M8 bolts either from an unused 2009 asta frame or has any bright ideas on where to get these please weigh in. The only thoughts I've had are calling the atlanta based bike shop which Ibex donated there excess parts to or scouting around auto shops for a generic length sleeved M8 bolt and having a machine shop grind it down to (what I think is) the correct length based on the measurements discussed above. I appreciate any information of the bolt widths or resources to get the bolts from. All the information I've been able to find has told me that these bolts are frame specific and only available from the frame manufacturer but it's been 2 months of waiting on these things and now I can't even get them direct from ibex so i'll be happy with any solution.
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