hey izzy. welcome.
i think im not going to be the only one to go here. it sounds to me, at least from the naivity of your question, that youre not an experienced rider or mechanic. i mean, maybe you are one or the other, but not both im guessing.
so, from this, i am going to make 2 huge assumptions.
1. if you had newer better forks, you actually wouldnt be able to utilize them without tossing the thing into the weeds.
2. if you do begin this project not knowing what youre doing, you will have a never ending string of "how do i....." questions that we have all covered here before.
i will spare you my complete asshole attitude by giving you the following tips.
this list will apply to everyone who is new here.
first, get a decent set of tools. more than pliers, an adjustable wrench, and a hammer. youll need combination wrenches and a set of sockets. deep and shallow. get an impact driver. a basic hammer type will work for now. a hammer. a plastic/hyde/brass hammer or deadblow hammer. you'll need a couple of philips screw drivers. the nicer the better. and most importantly, get a book that covers maintenance of your specific bike. a clymer manual, a factory one is better. whatever. a wood box, a lift, some jackstands, somethng to support your bike while youre working on it.
the books will walk you through about 98% of everything you'll need to know. anything you get lost on, feel free to ask here.
as far as forks go, your question is so vague, its almost impossile to answer. are you talking about cbr1000 forks, or 70's cb750 forks? most likely, if youre going to swap a disk front with a spoked wheel for the same, you should consider swapping an entire front end. from a 500/550/or 750. just my opinion. if youre going to put clipons on it, you will have to figure out cable and wire routing, master cyl location, brake hoses, headlight mounts, gas tank clearance and multiple other issues. its not just a simple swap. it can be difficult to just find a clean set of forks. much less ones that have good seals, arent bent, etc...
if youre not outriding your suspension now, (translate, if youre a squid) i wouldnt bother. you probably wont notice a huge difference other than it handles like a 72 fleetwood in parking lots and makes your back stiff. learn to ride the thing first. before you decide youre going to be geoff duke. (google his name) it wont be as cool in front of starbucks, but it will be well worth your while.
now call me an asshole, and let the flaming begin.