How important is it to use the special tool to seat the new seals? Planning on doing a service and change the seals while I’m at it. Can the new seals be carefully pushed in place or is the tool essential?
They’re expensive for what they are, £25 for 3 small bits of rubber / foam / plastic, but if forks are serviced regularly you can get two years from a set of seals. They are a very important part TBH, it could save you money in the long term 🙂