will the reverse be valid? - i.e. when I try to put the new dust seal back on, it doesn't go inThey can harden up over time and be really difficult to get out. It's OK to get a small propane torch to heat up the fork tube. The metal tube will expand while the seal will stay mostly the same size and should be easier to pry out. You can also cut the dust seal on one or two sides.
more info on my suffering here: http://www.s1000rrforum.com/forum/s1000rr-hp4-do-yourself/17508-fork-oil-change-diy-12.html
as a last resort I was thinking to heat up the golden tube, but my concern is that the silver tube is already in (with the oil seal in place already). When (if) I apply the heat, won't the inner silver tube expand too, causing permanent deformation to the new seal which is ON THE TUBE now???