When I serviced & upgraded my forks (gee, I just looked,.. its now over 60,000 miles!!! ) there was a scar inside one of the tubes. No idea where from. Looked as if someone sanded the tube, as a joke. I reckoned that can't be good for bushings wear and tried best I could to install the upper fork tube rotated sideways from its original position, so it would apply friction/pression in a different spot. Although now when I think about it it no longer makes sense what I am writing.. Anyway, they're still not leaking and I do not have any long trip planned, so am just pushing my luck and really being lazy.. I'd rather ride it. Your comment about 'where it would normally sit' makes very much sense, and probably why I do not notice any ill effects while riding..