step1 - polished the hammer - no improvement
step2 - polish bottom tube interior - no improvement
step3 - soft wire brush bottom tube - tiny improvement
step4 - 600 grit top of bottom tube - that did it
Everything's slidin' smooth now. Just need to re-build the 3-way and sweet spot and it'll be rocking. I'll tearing down the 3-way, clean and grease first. If that doesn't stop the leaks I'll look for an o-ring kit. Does CCM sell them or are they stock 3-way o-rings?