After some back and forth with Zenith on this issue, it turns out that the gear strut fittings I received are missing a bend on the back side of both of them. As a result they don’t meet the fuselage correctly and need to be replaced.
These are supposed to have a 14 degree bend in the aft end of them and mine have almost none.
Just to be sure, I measured the angle on the plane and it’s awefully close to 14 degrees just like it’s supposed to be.
So those two steel parts are taking a trip back to the factory. If they need to replaced, meaning they can’t bend them, that’ll be a shame because I had them both powder coated and that isn’t cheap around here.