Official tools are too expensive. I mean lower leg removal, seal driver and seal extractor tools. Forks with new seals from 2016 onwards. Which alternative tools do you use?

My fork: 2017 Fox 32 Float SC Performance 29", 100mm Travel, FIT4 Damper, Remote Lockout, Boost 15x110 KaBolt, Tapered.

UPDATE: Pictures of seal driver and lower leg removal tool. Taken from here.

fox seal driver leg removal tool

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    If you have access to a 3D printer, The 3D models for seal drivers are freely available on the internet.
    – mattnz
    Jan 28 '19 at 18:21
  • @mattnz: good point, unfortunately I don't have 3d printer. Jan 29 '19 at 7:45
  • @PatricioMontes, did you end up buying the tool to remove the lowers or did you use the suggestion from the answer below?
    – Squashman
    Feb 21 '20 at 19:06
  • @Squashman, I didn't. I do as the answer explains, and even better I use a piece of wood. Some pictures here. Feb 27 '20 at 11:18
  • @PatricioMontes, that is brilliant. Not sure why I didn't think of using a dowel. My uncle has a full woodshop, I could have had him drill me one out. I ended up ordering the tool because I found it fairly cheap online.
    – Squashman
    Feb 27 '20 at 14:51

If you just need to service your own fork occasionally, you don't need to buy specialized tools.

To remove the seals you can use an large wrench/spanner, be careful not to scratch the inside of the tubes:

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Inserting the new seals can be done with a socket of the right size:

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You don't need any special tools to remove the lower legs. Unthread the bottom nuts half way, then place the socket over them. Now you can gently tap the socket with a rubber mallet to loosen the lower legs, without hitting the rebound adjuster.

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    Welcome to SE - excellent answer. Its generally a good idea to credit the source of your images.
    – Criggie
    Jan 28 '19 at 18:56
  • @airace3: Fox has a special tool for removing lower legs, picture uploaded in question post. What do you do instead of using this tool? Thank you! Jan 29 '19 at 7:49
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    @PatricioMontes just edited the answer to explain it.
    – airace3
    Jan 29 '19 at 8:47
  • One more question. Pictures show an old seal, prior to 2016, newer ones are harder to insert. Do you still recommend a socket? Thanks. Jan 29 '19 at 9:05
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    The old style seals are still available if you shop around- often advertised as a better choice for the home mechanic.
    – mattnz
    Jan 29 '19 at 19:09

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