New bike, decided to do seal service following guide on Fox’s website.
After wrapping end of screwdriver liberally in electrical tape, applied a bit of pressure under the seal. Seal flexes, screwdriver pings out straight into stanchion. Deep scratch 6mm long on stanchion despite the tape.
FFS, if Fox are going to describe this as “essential” maintenance, it should be harder to screw up. They’re only six weeks old and are now, effectively, worthless.
Do Fox still recommend it? They certainly have in the past, as part of their demented service regime, but it doesn’t look like they still do.
I’m with the OP tbh. Well, kind of, I’d never be in any danger of damaging the fork doing that job but demanding that Joe Public does it is always going to lead to a certain number of scratched forks. It’s not a sensible thing to recommend.