thanks and great write-up kwtoxman - i do recall seeing your thread before but no going all the way through it. it answers a lot of my questions but not all.
specifically the performance/dollar aspect wrt to valve upgrades or ohlins forks. essentially it's about a $1250 difference between a set of used ohlins forks (that may need servicing and hence more $$$) and a valving upgrade which results in a fresh fork. i'd like to get feedback on the benefit of going the extra mile and $$$ to do ohlins forks vs the valving upgrade. i realize that question is a bit subjective, but any feedback would be appreciated.
IMO, asking for personal experience doesn't help much as people are different; in their biases and judgements as well as riding ability. Very few people here track, and much less race or have raced.
Then consider the weight of evidence overall. FWIW, most amateur road racers that I've been around used race-tech for their value in a basic fork upgrade, with great results. Race-tech has a huge amount of race winners and local/regional/national champions under their belt.
As mentioned in the linked thread, the basic upgrade is all that most people need to get the sought-after ride improvement. Only when winning races and pushing the limits does that extra 5 or so percent of performance begin to matter in performance. Though the NIX upgrade have suspension work advantages as mentioned.
Then there is the difference in money between people. Some have lots, others not. It can make a big difference in justifying ohlins forks prices, or the opposite.
The reason most everyone wants the Ohlins forks here is not that they literally need it, it's that they want it. It's always nice to have the best.
All you need to do is decide where you sit in those considerations.