Originally Posted by taco_man
so am i okay or should i send my shock back?
I'd just measure it. Go to a place where you can flex out the rear completely: ditch, berm, dirt pile, loading ramp, staircase, whatever. Take your rear shocks OFF and flex the rear out max: the tucked side against the bumpstop, the other side drooping max like off the ground or close; take your measurement between the 2 shock mounts (lower and upper) on both sides, this will give you your full compression length and your full extension length. THEN, ideally you'll have a shock that will allow for both max and minimum, but if it is too long you have to decide whether you want to have longer bumpstops or a shorter shock.
Note: don't drive around without your rear shocks on, it won't hurt anything but you don't want to drive on streets like this (truck will bounce a round) it IS ok for the articulation measurement just make sure to take them off at the place you do the test and put them back on after taking your measurements.