@marctwotone - cheers for that - I'll give gil_m a shout when I'm at that stage.
@stylus - yep - whole front end looks gash. I'm in touch with Tim - it looks like it's going to cost in excess of a ton to get the forks fixed, with their resale value prob not being much more...maybe possibility of px'ing them with Tim for some RC35s MXCDs though.
I'm not gonna go rigid at this stage. The reason for the funny setup at the front was that I was living in Canada for a year in 2004 and was doing a lot tougher descents - the spacers were just laziness on not getting the steerer cut to size. I'm looking to revert back to my original orange sk8 stem, hot rod bars and xlite stubbies once I've got the forks sorted.
Cheers for advice on the tyres - I had green michelin wildgrippers on before with matching green yeti grips. Just gutted how I ruined the purity of this bike...but good thing is the situation is rectifiable
Just about dismantled fully now. Next stop a good clean and polish!