Hi Rick. Was too busy the past few weeks to swap it out, but it's done now and went for a 50mile ride today. It was a noticeable difference in seat height and provided a much improved ride quality. I like it very much! My old shock was leaking, but I couldn't tell until I took it off the bike because it was so dirty.
Removing the preload adjuster took more time than anything else - I should have just cut it. Getting the new preload adjuster in took very little time.
I'm glad to hear everything worked out for you and you're happy with results.