What would you do if this was your steerer, knowing it was your life on the line?
Alpha Q carbon fork (GS-10). Flipped the stem and removed all the spacers. Tightening up the stem bolts, trying to be very careful not to over-tighten them (I don't yet have a torque wrench). Going fairly easy (so I thought) and hear not a crack, but more like a crick. Take stem and headset off to look, and see this: no crack, but there is a compression mark on the steerer tube. It looks as if it is only on the outer layer of carbon, as the attached pictures indicate.
Not having experience with this, my initial thought is that it's something that absolutely needs to be monitored, and possibly replaced just to be on the safe side. (I rode it around the neighborhood streets a few times, but haven't taken it out on a normal ride yet. The mark didn't change after the very short rides around the hood.) The compression mark looks to be 0.2 mm or so deep at most. I can afford a new fork, so that's not the issue. Would much rather replace it if there is any possibility of the steerer tube being significantly weakened by this over-tightening. Just imagining what results from a fork failure makes me ultra-queasy.
Replace or not? What say you all?