In all my travels and thousands of miles of running three different Sebrings, I've never seen any forks fail. Yeah, I bent a set once that had about 15K on them, but they still got me back to town and worked other than being bent.
They must be really well built forks. On the Sebring I hit the back of a Mustang with in Tampa,FL, they are still slightly bent and I've been waiting for a guy to send me a new set for several months now.
But as far as going bad or wearing out bushings,even with the weight I've always carried, I've been really impressed with the Sebrings' front ends.
So,Wayne, I'm kinda' surprised that Puchs would have this weakness. But sounds like an easy fix. don-ohio (:^)