Jaberwocky, thanks for the links to the forks. Civante has the crown race taper machined directly into it. Those looked like the crown race is missing and instead would use a pressed on crown race that came with the headset ---IDK ???? The Richey one looked like it had a taper there but not machined. Those are also expensive. But I was wanting to change it to carbon anyway. I will follow up with those companies for explanation how adapt it.
Maybe Greydog will be first one to figure out carbon fork swap since he needs one too........(hint , hint)
Correct, most forks use a bottom race that is press fit onto the fork, which allows you to use different headsets. If the bearing-matching taper is actually built into the fork you may be SOL and need to wait on that warranty fork. Sorry. :/ I do think thats a dumb design if so. Its possible that an aftermarket fork with the right crown race might match and work but thats something that would take some in-person trial and error to figure out.
I am having the same issue with my Civante. The fork creaks like crazy. It started about 2 weeks after I bought it 2 years ago and I am getting tired of it.
Man, I'm wondering what they screwed up on the fork to make it creak and pop like that, if thats the source of the noise.