Spoke to a technican at GAZ, he is going to send me some rose joints with a 30mm longer leg length. This will avoid welding cutting and shutting.
With the longer leg it should create a 30mm longer shock piston, which will in turn give additional clearance for the tyre under the wheel arch.
The shocks fitted ar GPG-1168, with a 12mm piston rod. Will takes some before and after photos of the mod, once the rose joints are recevied.