Just an update on how I got on.
Thanks for offering to lend me the tool Baznav73, but you were too far.
Kaesae sold me a set of his extractor/press tools. (He very kindly gave me a bit of a discount for buying direct rather than via ebay)
I then bought a set of enduro bearings from BETD, as I wanted the full complement ones.
First the good points:
1) His tools were great for extracting most of the bearings easily, and it probably saved me some fiddling with a random collection of washers and a socket set.
2) The bearing presses that he makes are nicely machined so that they centre on the bearing whilst only applying pressure to the outer edge. The press worked very well.
Now the bad:
1) the upper rear triangle bearing was a bit of a nightmare (with Kaesae's tool).
-The first one I took out I used the shaped tool he makes as it came. The bearing came out straight, no problems, but the sharp edge of the tool put a fairly nasty gauge in my frame.
-For the second one I decided to to file and sand the tool to get a better fit, and make the edge smooth to avoid damaging the paintwork as before. However I think this bearing must have been a bit more snug, and the shaped aluminium tube of the tool started to sort of stretch and collapse over the shape of the frame (because it was being compressed against/over the rounded edge). At this point the bearing decided that it wanted to come out sideways.
- If I was to do this bearing again, I would probably just punch it out from the far side using a hammer and some appropriate punch/spacer.
Anyway, it was well worth doing - about a third of my old bearings were seized! I am not sure how my suspension has been working up until now. I really must do more maintenance!
Also I didn't need one of Kaesae's shaped extractor tools at all - perhaps it was needed on the older trance?