Forgot about ends, definitely need to view those. IIRC, the 14 strut wouldn't lend itself well to funky ends.AND the ends of some are bent differently to fit the mounts. No Bueno when they won't fit.
Did anyone mention the SOFTER ride once cut?
You get lower, but there's LESS resistance to bottoming out while also having less travel to work with.
Aw go ahead and cut. Just keep the cut pieces. If the cutting doesn't work, that's what JB Weld is for. (Just kidding all).
Actually (guessing here) about 15 years ago there was a video circulating the net (BMW?) of someone who tried JB Weld on a control arm. I think they tried some track time in the vehicle in question. The JB Weld actually held. For awhile.