The first time I chopped my Sportster's rear fender struts was in October of 2008. Well, the cutting wheel came back for round two, 3 1/2 years later.
I marked the lines with pinstriping tape.
Chop number one...
...chop number two...
...and then a little shaping with the grinder.
I drilled my "mini-fender" too so that it can attach securely to the shock-mounting bolt holes.
Before I paint the strut ends, I'll shape them further with my Dremel. If everything works out, you won't see the ends anyway but more on that soon.