My understanding is that you can't fit 1997 Judy stanchions to 95 or 96 Judy lowers, although I'm not sure whether this is only due to cartridge/shaft sizes. What I'm saying is that I was told that the dampers/shafts are definitely incompatible, but I don't know whether if you find 1997 Judy cartridge/shafts to go with your 97 stanchions, they can be fitted to 96 lowers. I guess not, but I'm not sure.
The eBay fork presumably has a Risse cartridge, which were made for 95/96 Judys, so there's no compatibility issue there. The combinations of SID and Judy parts referred to above would be for 1997 and later Judys as I understand it.
[I should declare an interest as I have a 1997 Judy SL with dead stanchions, so I would like to either buy some decent 97 Judy SL stanchions or else sell somebody my decent 97 Judy SL lowers.]
Well if they don't fit. You have first refusal. Although then I'll need to find a 220mm steerer
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2013 On-One 456C1995 Rocky Mountain Fusion. The build for SWMBO