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I bought new rear shocks to replace what I believe are the original shocks on my 99 Ram 2500. Before ...

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Default Rear shock replacements too short
I bought new rear shocks to replace what I believe are the original shocks on my 99 Ram 2500. Before you all laugh and call me names, I have to say this: I'm impulsive and needed something to do (on my truck) to have a little space from my dear wife.

Anyway, the new shocks are at least 2 inches shorter, when fully extended, than the ones I am taking off the truck. I foolishly forgot to mention to the O'Reillys "expert" that my truck may have a leveling kit. The taller than average truck, with 35's parked right in front of the glass doors, that he looked at when I pointed as a reference for the information he was trying to compute. And I failed to remember until I got the first shock off and put them side by side. I was able to get one side replaced before it got to dark and cold last night. It bolted up just fine.

To try and problem solve on my own, I measured concrete to wheel well on each side of the bed and also in concrete to open tailgate behind my truck. There was -1/2" difference between side with the new shock and the side I haven't yet done.

My questions are:

Do I need to exchange the new shocks for longer ones?
Are the shorter shocks going to cause problems elsewhere on my truck?
Will it negatively affect the way my truck rides?

Thank you in advance for any information you can give.
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