Hey Mike, don't know where you are dollarwise but keep in mind that you can swap in the 04 and later forks which have damper/preload adjustment. It's a straight bolt-in. Also, the F4 forks will work. Search through the threads... I'm a rookie on this compared to a lot of guys on this thread.
FWIW... I upgraded the rear shock and the front forks to 04-later spec on my 02. Made a world of difference as the ride. I'm relatively light (160lbs) and felt I was being bounced off the thing with the stock 02 suspension.