Maybe you haven't mounted many dampers to different bikes?Sounds to me like you dont know what a damper actually is... a shock absorber. Stroke length aint got shit to do with anything.
the stroke length absolutely matters if youre silly enough to try and mount it in the wrong spot. the length of the stroke need to accommodate the rotation of the forks / bars, as well as the distance between the mounting points whether that be on the bars / forks, side fo the frame etc
A damper mounted across the tank, requires a relatively short damper, and wont have adequate stroke to be mounted in a side mount.
See attached photos - photo 1 would not work in the location in photo 2 as it would be too short, and if you DID get it mounted, it would stop the bars from turning properly in one or both directions.
Hence the universal damper, as I mentioned, is designed to accommodate mounting in a variety of locations.
That wouldnt matter for a rotary damper of course, but OP specifically asked about linear Ohlins dampers:smile:
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