I was finally able to talk to John for about a half hour this afternoon.
John is having some very serious health issues, and will neither be able to ride again, or to participate in the forum again, at least in the position of moderator. He did want me to let members know that he has instructed his daughter to issue refunds to the members who have ordered brackets from him. At his request, I'm not going to go into the particulars of his health, but I do want to let you know that he is getting a lot of very advanced treatments, and his care providers have a positive outlook. Even so, I ask you to keep him in your prayers, as he certainly will be in mine.
We talked about the brackets, and I got his permission to seek another supplier. The current fabricator only wanted to do business with John. There is an issue with the fact that the fabricator obtained a design copyright, so some modifications may be needed to avoid any legal problems. I will try to keep them as close to John's original design as possible. This will take a little time to get going, so I'm not sure I can deliver a product to those who were expecting them in short order. Please PM me and we can discuss off the board.
I've notified the other moderator, Rebel13, and the Forum Administrator. They already have their hands very full taking care of this site. As I previously stated on another thread, there is an immense amount of highly technical work that goes on behind the scenes and we are privileged to have a couple people who work so hard to take care of it.
I'll keep the Forum informed of any changes to John's situation. Please pray, he really needs it.
All the best,