I took out the double photos for you. They look good, nice and cheap too. A couple of things, did you measure overall free spring length of new and old before install? I see the new springs have a larger 2nd stage, so probably will be a rougher ride but will carry weight better? And why is the 1st stage fully compressed once installed? As for the 1/4 inch difference, load it up and go for a ride, then measure it loaded and unloaded, see what it says then.