Mine require both hands twisting and pulling / pushing to move them. The required force is almost coming up on tools needed to move them. To me it feels like there was an adhesive or something. This is the first time i have ever removed forks and it surprised me how much it took. I was thinking when i removed the last pinch bolt, the fork was going to fall on my foot. I was spinning the leg thinking it was threaded. Finally a twist and hard pull moved them and i had to work them out by twisting and pulling.I triple checked every nut & bolt making sure i didn't miss any. I slightly wedged the gap open just enough to verify it was free and moved. I wrote it off as i am getting old and soft but as i was putting them back in i still couldn't believe how much effort it took to slide them in and spin them. I cleaned the inside of the clamps and the tubes to make sure something wasn't sticky.
Everything is stock, never taken off before.
The gap is fairly small, say 1/4" ish. It doesn't change too much with or without the bolts that i remember but i will pay close attention to it. I can for sure see movement in the loop went i pry on it, at least showing that it is free and able to move. I didn't force or beat on anything too hard it just surprised me how much it takes to move the tubes around.