You keep shedding light on this subject, Rob. My hat's off to you, and you're continued patience while I digest/understand getting ready for the big day.
Yeah, I will look at the fork surface where it rubs against the sleeves (the ones in my spare trans on my bench are worn, from a car with 98,000m), and I will eventually post some pics of them for comments. Of course, I will probably prefer to keep the forks from the car's trans, which only has 60,000m on it.
Now bearings, if they spin nicely/smooth/no noise, tight, I assume they are good? Thats what I understand.