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'89 XR250 forks - cannot separate slider from fork tubes

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Hi guys,

I'm trying to disassemble front forks from an 1989 XR250R to replace the bushings and seals.  I've removed the bottom bolt and removed the springs and damper tube, then tried to use the short sharp strokes as described in the workshop manual to pop the seals out.  This worked on one of the fork legs (RHS), but isn't working on the other (LHS).  On some attempts, the fork tube gets jammed in the extended position and I need to drop the assembly end on onto the floor to free it up again.  The retaining ring on the top of the seals has come out, but the seals themselves haven't budged.

What can I try next to get these things apart?

Howard.

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