Awesome writeup, and some excellent followup tips! Thanks everyone! If you want to remove the damping assembly, you can pretty easily make your own tool instead of buying the official Fork Cylinder Holder 57001-1287. I used a piece of 3/4" schedule 40 PVC pipe. Just cut 4, 10mm wide flats into one end, and bingo, the damping rod assembly comes right out. I used a hacksaw to cut the flats, drilled out the unneeded corners, and used a knife to clean off all the edges. You could probably get by with only 2 flats, which would be easier to make.