Hey, Carl - I pretty much just cut one of them in half. In the end I had about a half inch left over when I had my 2 pieces cut. Since I wrote this article, I have discovered that sch 40 PVC pipe works very well (believe it or not!!!) and is much easier to work with. And, no, the fork oil doesn't react with the PVC. Be careful when removing the large bolts at the top of the fork tube. They are under spring pressure.