06 4x4 Rancho 9000xl PROBLEM

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I was trying to install my new Rancho 9000xl shocks on the rear of my 06 4x4, I have a set of Rough Country shocks on it right now. When I tried to fit up the new shocks, they fit on the lower mount (on the axle) but the upper mount (by the frame) is too narrow. wtf? The Rancho's have a steel tube running through the bushing and that's what is causing it not to fit. Should I just take it out, can I take it out? or am I looking at having to custom fabricate a new shock mount? I tried expanding the existing mount but it couldn't bend out far enough and be safe. PLEASE HELP!