While there is no particular play in the bike, I did take the shock off today and perform the Fox prescribed Air Sleeve maint. The shock had been creaking pretty badly from the top pivot, so I figured it was high time for some service.
The air sleeve maint went pretty smooth, except the top reducers would not come out. It took quite a bit of convincing at the vice to get them out. I was not gentle on them, knowing that I could get replacements pretty easily, but I did not want to trash them if I did not have to either. I finally got them out and carefully filed any burs created by the extraction process. Everything got cleaned, etc and I noticed that even clean the reducers on top would take a hammer to install. So, I went about the business of 'shaving' them down a little. My trick? Stuff the reducer onto the handle of a toothbrush to hold it and them use a small file to slowly shave away. I followed the file with 200 grit sand paper for smoothing. Since this aluminum is like butter, it did not take long. I'm quite certain that it's not exactly 'round' but it is much better and I'm sure I can get it out next time if needed. All back together and no worries so far.
I also took the upper pivots apart on the Blur. They came apart nicely and got a good cleaning/greasing. The lowers seem to have the shafts stuck to the bearings so I'll wait until I replace the bearings to swap them out.
The big question is, after 2 seasons and 2000 miles, should I just pop in a bearing kit, or wait for issues?