My caps were not reverse thread. Just normal thread. Mine too were difficult to remove. One time I hit the end of the ratchet handle with a hammer to loosen the fork caps, and you can see there might be a problem with that. Last time I used an electric impact wrench which was much safer and did the job real quick. But yes they are pretty tight. O-Ring gasket and fork spring tension probably have something to do with it being snug.