No, it doesn't hit.....where it was in the first picture is about as close as it gets. I can push it farther away about 1/4 inch. The top shock bearing is going to limit any radial movement...no matter on the stand or at full compression. Moving thru the stroke, the shock does move fore or aft, but it splays out (a word?) during compression..... moving even farther away from the frame. Clear as mud?