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I'd have to agree with the rest of the guys.. If you're doing all around riding... just stick with the single crown! I mean if you get into hucking stuff over 7ft then think about going to a bigger fork...but even then, if you're smooth enough you should be fine. I love the boxxer, I'll always ride one for DH..but for everthing else it's just over kill.
The seals aren't a huge deal to replace, but like A2P said...you'd have to change the springs, and the oil... and the springs aren't to cheap.
If you are really set on looking more into getting that fork...do this to see if the seals are really shot or if the guy just didn't ever clean his seals.
Get some shock oil...(or you could even a chain lube...but I wouldn't recomend it)
Then put the oil on the stanchon tube and let it drip down to the seals( do this on both legs)
Once the oil has worked it's way to the seals compress the fork and see if when it uncompresses there is any goo left on the stanchions, if there is then keep repeating this process over and over till there isn't any dirt coming out.
The seals on the boxxer are designed to be cleaned this way without having ot completely overhaul the fork. I'm not saying that this is the best way...but it works for lessening the number of times you have to completely tear it apart and get all the gunk out/rebuild it
What this means is that he never cleaned the seals out and that's not to big of a deal..except that you will be needing to replace them down the road.
If when you do do this and notice that it is inconsitant every time...like alot comes out and other times a little comes out and other times... you get a solid ring around the stanchon tube and other times you get a half ring..or it's broken in spots then the seals may be dead( I hope that made sense)
Well good luck on what you decide to do.