after much internal debate, he decided to do a fork refresh, rather than buy anything new.
first, he removed the fender mounting tabs. and ground them down to match the profile of the fork.
the top fork is still sporting the mounting tabs. the bottom one has had them removed.
next up, crack open the forks. replace the stock springs with a pair of ikon progressive springs. cut down the spacers to around .5". re-assemble forks. and respray in satin.