Definitely an interesting read! Thanks for the bump, I don't know that I would have ever searched for this, but it answers a lot of questions for me.
I've done several sets of trees and reused the lower stem bearing and seal without any issues.I see polished and powdercoated trees, but I am installing chrome ones. Will the legs be able to slide into the trees, does the chroming take up space, making it difficult? Same with the stem tolerances-Great pictures and help, I am hoping this is not too big of a pain! You replace both bearings (factory) I assume? Anything else? THANKS!